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May 14, 1902: Bill Lear was born in Hannibal. Lear not only founded the Lear Jet Corporation but also invented the first portable radio for cars, which he called a Motorola (Moto-Victrola), and the eight track stereo system.
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.