WURLITZER EMPLOYEES PLAN
A group headed by
former Wurlitzer Employee Dan Kobida is in the final stages of planning a
gala reunion to be held August 8th and 9th at Hyatt
Regency Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois. The steering committee which includes
Lowell Simpson, Glenn Derringer, Scott Anderson, Gus Pearson and Dick
Myrland, began with just an idea and have developed a fun filled weekend
which will be attended by several hundred former employees from all parts of
the USA and overseas.
The Wurlitzer Reunion
has its own Website (www.wurlitzer2003.com)
with sections devoted to memorabilia, products, a complete alumni list and
more. The list of former Wurlitzer Alumni comprises more that 580 names
with more being added every day. Names or missing information can be added
simply by accessing the website. A reservation form can be downloaded right
located in Dekalb, IL, began operations in 1856 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dan Kobida commented,
“Wurlitzer was more than a company…it was a family. In these days and
times, it seems people want to connect with their past and what a better way
to see old friends and associates than the reunion event. This is
especially true of Wurlitzer personnel. We were all related in some way.
Those who departed Wurlitzer for other companies in the music business
looked at Wurlitzer as one of the best training grounds for a future in the
business. It’s a tribute to the Wurlitzer name and legacy that so many are
interested in attending the event.”
Highlights of the
reunion will be a visit and tour of the The Victorian Palace in nearby
Barrington, Illinois, home of the Jasper Sanfilippo collection of
beautifully restored antique music machines, phonographs, arcade and
gambling machines, chandeliers, art glass and more. What makes this visit
so special will be a performance by former Wurlitzer Artist Paul Quarino on
the worlds largest restored five keyboard Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe
In addition, a grand
finale banquet reception will be held on Saturday evening, August 9th
followed by an exciting evening of entertainment provided by all former
Wurlitzer employees performed on Wurlitzer instruments manufactured during
Wurlitzer’s heyday in the 70’s and 80’s.
Anyone interested in
learning more about the Wurlitzer Reunion 2003 can search the official
www.wurlitzer2003.com or contact Dan Kobida at 513-772-4228.