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  • 4-track cassettes, TV & Madman Muntz

    In a thread elsewhere mention was made of 4-track cassettes. The guy who invented the 4-tack was Madman Muntz. He invented them to install in cars he was selling. When he first invented the 4-track stereo he opened a store on Roscoe Blvd., right at the 405 on ramp in the San Fernando Valley. The store was a couple block from my High School and right across the street from the Dennys restaurant where I started working at my 16th Birthday. The store was unusual because the side of the store facing the street was floor to ceiling glass and the sales girls had their back sides to the glass while they were working the counter. All of the sales girls were beautiful and scantily clad in mini-skirts and high heels. Boy you talk about a traffic jam in front of the store. The first money I earned I bought a 4 & 8 track player for my car and soon after added a home unit for my room.

    Here is a video of an original Muntz 4-track:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoKzivUJ3nY

    Madman Muntz also gave a run at building his own car but that was one of the few things he did that failed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v66CEZ5gaQc&feature=fvw

    In addition to Madman Muntz being the father of affordable TV many6 say he invented TV Commercials. Here is an early Madman Muntz commercial

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOI8JYrYcsY

    Here is a link to more info:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madman_Muntz

    Mark
    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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    Re: 4-track cassettes, TV & Madman Muntz

    I never knew we had a car manufacture plant in Evanston, Illinois. Thanks Mark for showing us a bit of what was in your history. Not saying you are old or anything
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      Re: 4-track cassettes, TV & Madman Muntz

      WOW ToUtahNow,

      What a blast from the past I am old enough to remember them Well

      Remember when they would start dragging and we would try to rewind them it even worked most of the time

      I think I even have a few left want to buy them LOL
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        Re: 4-track cassettes, TV & Madman Muntz

        Originally posted by SewerRatz View Post
        I never knew we had a car manufacture plant in Evanston, Illinois. Thanks Mark for showing us a bit of what was in your history. Not saying you are old or anything
        Muntz was from Illinois so that is where he started out. He made his first fortune as a used car salesman. He opened his first lot in Elgin, Illinois at the age of 20. Because he was still considered a minor his mother had to sign all of the sales agreements.

        Mark
        "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

        I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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          Re: 4-track cassettes, TV & Madman Muntz

          Originally posted by OleTom View Post
          WOW ToUtahNow,

          What a blast from the past I am old enough to remember them Well

          Remember when they would start dragging and we would try to rewind them it even worked most of the time

          I think I even have a few left want to buy them LOL
          Yeah I even remember repairing torn tapes with scotch tape and a pair of scissors.

          Those were much simpler times. We would spend the nights cruising Van Nuys Blvd. and the days surfing in Malibu.

          Mark
          "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

          I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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