September 2009 - Posts
Paul W. Klipsch
No really. I really really do. I can't get enough of it.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Employee of the Year (I just can't imagine that getting old anytime soon) asked for my help in supplying images to update our sorely outdated Klipsch overview presentation. My first thought was, "A-ha! Now I know why I spent so much time taking these gazillion pictures." My next thought was, "Hey, I can do more than add some pictures, let me take a crack at this thing." It didn't matter that I was barely familiar with PowerPoint, but how hard can it be?
I won't get into the technical details, such as computer crashes, massive file sizes, and object-inserts running amok, but I will say what began as a tiny project of adding some pictures to a modest slide show turned into a 100+ MB monster. The kind of monster that requires working from home because you just can't contain it in a cubicle.
Anyway, after days spent toiling, resizing, rebuilding and rearranging, I managed to get a nice finished product down to a manageable 22 MB file...much better, but still too big for our loyal dial-up users to download in all it's fade in, fly in glory. You'll have to settle for the tiny 4 MB pdf version.
Download the pdf here, and get to know us better!
And if there are any grammatical errors, I really. Don't. Care.
Congratulations to Professor Thump, chosen Employee of the Year last Friday amid some very tough competition. Because we're all just that good.
Thumbs up indeed, Mark. Anyone who will allow me to post this picture, twice, is deserving in my book.
Now go make some headphones.
Everyone should have a Monster Trike.
About a year and half ago, I posted a picture taken of Klipsch Employees circa 1975. This was taken a mere one year later, and you can see the head count nearly doubled. I'm not sure what attributed to the surge... either business more than doubled that year, or perhaps the earlier picture was taken on late a Friday afternoon and half the crew had already snuck out. Hard to say.
...the more they stay the same. I found this Belle Klipsch ad photo today in our archives, and it immediately brought to mind a photo taken just last year for Mirage.
I love the similar theme...that music is meant to be shared and enjoyed, and how it is an essential part of our lives and the lives of our children. So don't settle for crappy speakers. That's my tag line. Which is why I don't write tag lines.
And I'm pretty sure we had that TV when I was a kid... It was cool because it swiveled.
39 years ago tonight, Monday Night Football was born, weaving itself into the fabric of Americana like no other weekly sports broadcast before or since. The Browns defeated the Jets back then, clinching the victory by intercepting Broadway Joe in the 4th quarter for a touchdown. It must have been quite a game.
My mom remembers that date clearly - not because it was a great game, but rather because she was in labor with me most of the day. They didn't let fathers into the delivery room back then, so dad had the luxury of watching that first broadcast in the waiting room of Methodist Hospital. He must have whispered to me earlier how important the game was, considering he was a rabid Cleveland fan, because I was courteous enough not to make my appearance until the very moment the game ended, around 11:30 that night.
And what do you think my dad said to my mom when rushing into the delivery room to meet his first and only daughter....the first girl, in fact, to be born in his family since his own mother during World War I?
"The Browns won, THE BROWNS WON!!!"
My dad. Quite the sentimentalist. But I always loved hearing that story. And hear about it, I have.
So this year my birthday once again falls on Monday Night Football. The Colts play the Fins tonight, which is appropriate since my dad had long shifted loyalty to our local team. I will tune in tonight, and I will root for our Colts just as he would have.
And if some life changing event happens to occur as the final seconds tick away, I'll do my best to remember what is truly important.
Thanks Mom and Dad, for bringing me into the world. There just aren't any better parents.
Something I don't believe I've mentioned on my blog yet (imagine that) is my love of the NFL. It is an unnatural thing, I admit. Most women either have open disdain for the sport, pretend to like it for the sake of snagging a dude, or tolerate it for the tailgating festivities alone. I do have a few girlfriends that truly love it, which translates into a sense of sisterhood in our unnaturalness.
One exception to this is the Colts. Everyone here loves the Colts, men and women alike. Me? I've never cared for them. As a Los Angeles Rams fans since 1978, the Colts weren't even a blip of the radar until they made their way here under the cover of night in 1984. But because the now St. Louis Rams have been a giant snooze-fest since they booted Kurt Warner, and they're never on local TV anyway, I've been making a concentrated effort to follow...and love...the Colts. It's been a struggle, but I'm making progress.
I certainly helps that yesterday they picked up wide receiver Hank Baskett, who is perhaps better known as Kendra's Boyfriend (now husband) from the tacky but highly watchable (now defunct) Girls Next Door. I have yet to catch her new reality show, but maybe I'll give it a try, just to follow the follies of our newest acquisition.
See? I still watch garbage TV too. I'm not completely unnatural.
I blogged a while back about two vintage "Klipsch & Associates" signs that were uncovered at the plant in Hope (here and here). They have since been retouched, framed, and hung with pride at our engineering facility in Indianapolis, serving as a reminder of our roots for future Purdue graduates. I mean, employees.
Of course, if someone took "Inquire Across the Street" literally, they'd find themselves at the vending machines. Which I'm sure the engineers have been quick to point out.
I'm feeling the need to be to the point today. Mostly because I just noticed it's after 5.
Our Palladium P-27C Center Channel in our listening room needed a stand. So we made one.
Once again, kudos to our in-house mechanical engineer, Jay, who is also responsible for this. And this. And this. And this.
At the car show in downtown Carmel this weekend, we got to see Corvettes, Lotus', Porsches, Lamborghinis, among many, many others....but this was my favorite. A '49 Cadillac covered in 38,295 pennies.Classic.
Thanks to Steve Phillips, not only for the great photo op, but more importantly for your patriotism and rememberance.
Further evidence of my geekiness. Or that I've been hanging out with engineers for WAY too long.
Ok, so my faithful readers know I don't like to spend a lot of time gushing about our products on my blog...after all, that's not why I do what I do, but I have to make an exception today. Because this is just too cool. And I'm so very proud of everyone involved -- from the product developers and engineers to public relations and beyond.
Our Image S4 Headphones have been named by CNET as the Top Rated Product of the Summer. As in #1 Top Rated. As in we beat the latest release of Windows and the iPod 3GS both.
THAT MUST MEAN WE ARE HUGE.
Watch the video here
This vintage ad circulated around the same time I was learning to walk and eat solid foods. I'm posting it today not only because it's cool, but because I happened to virtually bump into one of the men responsible for its creation.
I know many people think Twitter is a passing fad and a waste of time, including my entire family, most of my friends, and even some co-workers, but I would've never found CajunDave, formerly of Goodloe Stuck Advertising out of Shreveport, if it never existed.
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