William Lear was the designer of the Lear Jet executive airplane, inventor
of the 8-track stereo, and patented several car radios (U.S. patent 1,944,139 - not the
William Lear founded the Lear Electronics
Corporation, merging with the Siegler corporation in 1960 to become Lear Siegler
Inc. William Lear used the capital he acquired from the Lear Siegler merger* to
develop Learjet (a company he eventually sold to Gates rubber Co.) where Lear
dedicated his life to the development of an antipollution steam engine
and new materials for airplanes.
Patent Issued to William Lear - U.S. patent 1,944,139
William Lear invented the eight
Lear (1902 - 1978)
Audio, automotive and aircraft apparatus.
Rise and Fall of the 8-Track
The car culture of the United States
spawned the notion of tapes as an alternative to popular records, conceived
as a means to give the American driver the option of listening to the music
of his or her choice while in transit.
of the 8-track Tape
The 8-track format, on the other
hand, was developed by a diverse consortium that included the Ampex Magnetic
Tape Company, Lear Jet Company and RCA Records, and enjoyed the tremendous
advantage of being championed at its inception by Ford Motors, which in
1965 (debuted September 15) offered 8-track players as an option in their
complete line of 1966 model cars.
Your Guide to the World of 8-Track
*John G. Brooks was the then president of the
Siegler Corporation and became the President and Chairman of the Board of the
the new company, Lear Siegler, Inc. until his death in 1971. Contining in
the Lear legacy of avionics as well as government and consumer products
from 127 operating divisions in 34 states and 17 foreign countries, Lear Siegler,
Inc were one of the 200 largest corporations in America employing 29,500
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