Friday, July 14, 2017

Gen. G. O. Squier. Signal Corpsman and inventor of Muzak

Who is this finely mustachioed U.S. Army officer?

Well, none other than General George Owen Squier, whose portrait was published by the Bain News Service, on this day in 1917.

He was the recently appointed head of the Signal Corps, a promotion after having been in charge of U.S. Army aviation, then part of the Signal Corps.  He served in the Army until 1923, and in the year prior to his leaving the Army created a commercial service to pipe music by wire to subscribers.  A service that he renamed in 1934, the year of his death at age 69, to . . . Muzak

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