February 21: David Geffen

One of the most influential record producers of the past four decades and cofounder of the film studio DreamWorks SKG, David Geffen was born in Borough Park, Brooklyn on this date in 1943, to shopkeeping parents. A dyslexic college dropout (twice), Geffen lied his way into the William Morris Agency and then became personal manager […]

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November 13: Eugene Ferkauf and E.J. Korvette(s)

Department store innovator Eugene Ferkauf, who pioneered the “membership” discount store with E.J. Korvette in 1948, was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan on this date in 1920. Named in a 1962 Time magazine story as one of the six greatest retailers in American history, Ferkauf challenged the “fair trade laws” and “manufacturers’ […]

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