Born: Aug. 15, 1954
Known for: Gregg Lukenbill formed Lukenbill Enterprises with his father, Frank, and led the group that forged a new era of sports in Sacramento, bringing the Kings here from Kansas City in 1985. Without Lukenbill, we'd have no passion for purple, although back then the losing team was bathed in baby blues.
Background: A Sacramento native, he picked up his first paycheck at age 7 and worked in construction for his dad. They became partners in 1976. In 1983, he and investors bought the Kings and moved them two years later to Natomas, where he built the old Arco Arena and then the current one to house the NBA team. He sold the team in 1992. In 1990, he founded Sky King, which flies the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers.
A highlight: On a rain-soaked night, March 1, 1989, clad in his trademark plaid shirt, he climbed the rafters of Arco Arena and plugged a leak so the Kings could play on.
In History's Spotlight profiles of Sacramento newsmakers were published originally in 2007 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of The Sacramento Bee. They were written by Anthony Sorci. Look for them every Sunday in Sac History Happenings.