By Kirk Baird
Tom Scholz was just another teen out of Toledo when he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. And now everybody knows his name -- or at least his band, Boston.
But while growing up in Toledo, Scholz was mostly known as Don Scholz's son. The elder Scholz was a successful Toledo builder and developer who, as founder of Scholz Homes, took part in the prefabricated housing boom of the 1950s.
"My dad was a brilliant home designer and driven," Scholz said in a recent phone interview with The Blade. "He was a paraplegic who became a mogul in the house engineer industry and built I don't know how many tens of thousands of homes and had a huge plant in Toledo. So when I grew up in Toledo, when I would go places and they would hear the name, they would say, 'Oh, you're Don Scholz's son.'
"I didn't know what that meant, to quite understand that as a kid because he was very down to earth and just another guy doing his job."
It's an ethos the younger Scholz inherited from his father, who died in 1999 at age 80. He also inhereited a brilliant engineering mind; Scholz is an inventor who holds numerous patents.