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June 26, 1902: William Lear was born in Hannibal. Starting by charging batteries for 25 cents he went on to invent the car radio which he called a Motorola. (Motor Victrola) He also invented the eight-track music system and the Lear Jet.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.