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Arthur J. Schmitt. Courtesy of the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation.


Schmitt, Arthur J. (14 June 1893–29 March 1971), inventor, CEO, and philanthropist, was born Arthur John Schmitt in Austin, Illinois (later annexed by Chicago), the son of Henry W. Schmitt and Barbara Elizabeth Schneider Schmitt, owners of a leather-tanning business. Schmitt read Popular Mechanics...


Tandy, Charles David (15 May 1918–04 November 1978), retailer and manufacturer, was born in Brownsville, Texas, the son of David Tandy, a leather merchant, and Carmen McClain. He grew up in Fort Worth, where he attended public schools. He enrolled at Rice University in 1935 but dropped out and went to work for his father at Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company. He later returned to college to earn his B.A. from Texas Christian University in 1940 and then spent a year at Harvard Business School before entering the U.S. Navy, where he achieved the rank of lieutenant commander....