In 1978, Paul W. Klipsch's interest in building his own drivers resulted in my invitation to Hope for an interview that summer. I was working at Rola, one of the oldest OEM driver suppliers, having commenced operations in 1926.
Klipsch was courting Rola as a second supplier to the established Eminence products, and I was the Rola engineer assigned to the Klipsch account. The interview was a tag-team affair with PWK in the last round.
While I entered his office “properly intimidated” in the presence of “A Legend in Sound”, he quickly put me at ease.
One question I remember was to the effect: “What have you learned while employed at Rola?” My answer was: “I’ve learned how much I didn’t learn in college.”
This seemed to please him.
His demeanor, and that of the rest of the staff, were “like waving a bull in front of a red flag” for me (his cracked quote). I was hired & reported to work on October 2, 1978.
Ironically, after a few months of study I convinced everyone that Klipsch did not yet have the volume to economically support in-house driver manufacturing! Paul reviewed the numbers, and had to agree that his intentions were financially premature.
Fortunately a new lab with anechoic chamber was under development, which kept me gainfully employed.
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