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Earl "Madman" Muntz (1914 – 1987) was a legendary merchandiser of used cars and consumer electronics in the 1940s and 50s, mostly in California. He later founded the Muntz Car Company which made the Muntz Jet, a sports car with jet-like contours. The car was manufactured between 1951 and 1953, with fewer than 400 cars being made. Consumer electronics is electronic equipment intended for use by everyday people. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Muntz Car Company was created in Glendale, California in the early 1950s by Madman Muntz, a well known local used car dealer and electronics retailer. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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Although Muntz pretended to be a madman, he was actually a shrewd businessman and built up a large fortune selling everything from autos to radios. He had a sharp eye for taking the cost out of the products he marketed so relentlessly, and his practice of reducing any device to the minimum number of components needed to function became known as "Muntzising".


"Muntzising" had it's points. In the early 1950s, many brands of television sets had upwards of 30 tubes in the chassis. By trial and error, Muntz developed a television chassis that gave a perfectly acceptable black and white picture with a 17 tube chassis. The sets, marketed under the name "Muntz", sold very well for a while, and unlike the sets with much more elaborate chassis, they did not "cook" themselves to death in a short time.


Engineers still tell stories about him. He was known to carry wire clippers in his pocket, for instance, and if he saw that one of his engineers had put a component he considered superfluous into any of his products, he would just snip it out. In his attempts to combine two of his main product lines, cars and stereos, he invented the Muntz Stereo-Pak 4-track tape cartridge, a direct predecessor of the 8-track cartridge developed by Bill Lear. The 8-track cartridge became the standard for prerecorded mobile audio for two decades. The 4-track cartridge or Stereo-pak is an audio storage magnetic tape cartridge technology, inspired by the 1959 Fidelipac 3-track tape cartridge system (used by radio broadcasters for commercials and jingles) and adapted by Earl Madman Muntz for use in cars as an alternative to radio. ... A blank 8-track cartridge The 8-track cartridge is an audio storage magnetic tape cartridge technology, popular from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Muntz also founded a spinoff company which manufactured prerecorded 4-track tape cartridges. Most record labels did not manufacture 4-track tape cartridges themselves, as the format was less popular than 8-track tapes. In fact, it was practically dead by 1970, while 8-track tapes continued to be widely issued until 1982. However, the Muntz Pak Corporation licensed music from all the major record labels and issued hundreds of different 4-track tapes in the 1960s, from approximately 1965 – 1970. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...


His flamboyant billboards and television commercials for his various businesses made him famous; in one he promised to destroy a car on television if it was not sold the same day of his commercial. Muntz was the originator of the immortal "I'm insane, so come take advantage of my crazy prices" sales gambit, later employed by New York area electronics chain Crazy Eddie, amongst others. Crazy Eddie was a consumer electronics chain located primarily in the Northeastern United States. ...


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Madman Muntz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (410 words)
Earl "Madman" Muntz (1917 – 1987) was a legendary merchandiser of used cars and consumer electronics in the 1940s and 50s, mostly in California.
However, the Muntz Pak Corporation licensed music from all the major record labels and issued hundreds of different 4-track tapes in the 1960s, from approximately 1965 – 1970.
Muntz was the originator of the immortal "I'm insane, so come take advantage of my crazy prices" sales gambit, later employed by New York area electronics chain Crazy Eddie, amongst others.
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