Microwave Journal Executive Interview: Dan Dickey, President of Continental Electronics
1. Continental Electronics has been in business for 75 years, which is a remarkable achievement. What led your founder, J.O. Weldon, to start the company?
Those that knew him called him J.O. or Mr. Weldon. Since the 1930s, J.O. had been interested in radio and Western Electric, and he was able to utilize that knowledge during WWII and later in his career. J.O. had the position of Technical Director at the Office of War Information during WWII and from that experience, he knew that information freely distributed to the public would be critical in rebuilding societies devastated by war — so much so that he felt compelled to apply his particular experience in that effort. In 1946, he and some business partners started Continental Electronics (CEC) in Dallas, Texas with the mission to produce high power radio frequency transmitters so anyone in the world could obtain up-to-date news and entertainment.
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