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"New" PWK Biography by Belle Klipsch

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love the letter from that company in Chile.  they had some huge connections with that shipping company. he arrives in Chile two days before he leaves NJ.  i’ve been on some fast boats; but, that is ridiculously fast. 

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15 hours ago, kuisis said:

Wonder how he ended up in Erie PA?

 

 

Someone gave them SeaWolves tickets.

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On 10/6/2019 at 12:48 PM, kuisis said:

Wonder how he ended up in Erie PA?

 

Was transferred there from Schenectady to work on electric locomotives by his employer G.E. Is this a reading comprehension test? It's open book, pretty easy to pass.:)

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11 hours ago, babadono said:

 

Was transferred there from Schenectady to work on electric locomotives by his employer G.E. Is this a reading comprehension test? It's open book, pretty easy to pass.:)

 

Take it easy on my friend Tom.  He probably meant how he got there, whether by car, train, or plane?  😉

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12 hours ago, DizRotus said:

 

Take it easy on my friend Tom.  He probably meant how he got there, whether by car, train, or plane?  😉

 

* Planes, trains and automobiles. I can see PWK playing the straight man to Steve Martin and John Candy —

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I've found myself anxiously anticipating each new addition to the Ms. Belle biography of PWK  thread myself!  I never got to meet her, she passed away not very long  (a year or  so, maybe?) before I got back from Italy and started working at Klipsch in July 1976.  PWK had already re-married to Miss Valerie by that time.  But everybody in the plant who DID know Belle was very glad to have known her!  Some were still a bit wary of Ms. Valerie, though!  The PWK biography that Ms.Valerie commissioned makes it look almost like Belle never even existed...and tends to leave out any impact Belle ever really had upon PWK's life and the success of his company, IMO!  What I gleaned from other employees (some of them working there from almost the very beginning) who had known Belle for a number of years, was a MUCH DIFFERENT story than what the book seemed to tell! 

 

What I tend to see in my mind is a very loyal wife who watched her husband start-up a business based upon a hobby, with only a part-time  Army Reserve salary coming in from his side of the household and very little to nothing coming in from the company itself for many of the early years.  Whereas her entire salary as a school teacher was committed to the support of the household.  A spouse like that is a major important part of a man's life story!  PWK was doing very well financially by the time I started working there.  BUT, it had NOT always been that way for the company!   There were times when the company was not even able to pay the employees...that is a fact...and PWK offered them shares in the company instead!  Most took him up on that offer, too!  They had faith in him and the products he designed and they made!  SO there is VERY MUCH missing in the "OFFICIAL" biography, IMHO!

 

Being a history nut, I desire  to know what is missing!...within reason, that is!  

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That other biography was very poorly written and edited.  I also agree with Andy @HDBRbuilder about the questionable accuracy, especially as to it’s treatment of Belle.  PWK and Belle deserved better than that other biography.

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Maybe the case of.possibly something, another case of riding on the coattails of Klipsch...

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