Paul W. Klipsch, 1904-2002

May 8, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors

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Founder of Klipsch Audio Technologies, Paul W. Klipsch, died on May 5, 2002, at the age of 98.

Born on March 9, 1904, in Elkhart, Ind., Klipsch is best known for his contributions in revolutionizing the audio world. After being drafted in World War II, where he served for ballistics and photography, and ultimately discharged with the rank of Major, Klipsch decided to commit his life to building loudspeakers. After continued research and experimentation, patents and trademarks were applied for and ultimately granted, including his first patent for horn design; throughout his life, Klipsch had three patents in ballistics, eight in geophysics and 12 in acoustics. The name Klipsch and Associates was registered in 1946, although his first employee wasn't hired until 1948.

In a memorial letter from CEO Fred S. Klipsch, Paul W. Klipsch is remembered as a legend in sound. "Stories of Paul's lasting wit and superior intellect were indeed true, which is what often made it difficult to accept the fact that he was 98 years old. And that is, in fact, the correct age despite rumors and Rolling Stone magazine articles that cite ranges from 90 to 103. But that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the myth, the lore, and the absolute truth about our legendary founder.

"Paul's indisputable genius and one-of-a-kind personality touched so many lives for so many years that there are now hundreds of stories about him being told and retold -- from the funny to the profound.

"It has been said, and I firmly believe it, that every time you listen to recorded music, you're hearing the passion, the genius and the legacy of Paul W. Klipsch. He was a verifiable genius who could have chosen any number of vocations, but the world sounds a lot better because he chose audio. And the integrity of Paul W. Klipsch was beyond reproach. He was a great man who always did the right thing in the right way."

In honor and in memory of Paul W. Klipsch, Klipsch Audio Technologies has published the family's obituary on its Website (www.klipsch.com). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Paul Klipsch Scholarship Fund at New Mexico State University.






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