Paul W. Klipsch, 1904-2002

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
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Founder of Klipsch Audio Technologies, Paul W. Klipsch, died on May5, 2002, at the age of 98.

Born on March 9, 1904, in Elkhart, Ind., Klipsch is best known forhis contributions in revolutionizing the audio world. After beingdrafted in World War II, where he served for ballistics andphotography, and ultimately discharged with the rank of Major, Klipschdecided to commit his life to building loudspeakers. After continuedresearch and experimentation, patents and trademarks were applied forand ultimately granted, including his first patent for horn design;throughout his life, Klipsch had three patents in ballistics, eight ingeophysics and 12 in acoustics. The name Klipsch and Associates wasregistered in 1946, although his first employee wasn't hired until1948.

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

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

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

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