Pete Barr, Sr.

Pete Barr, Sr.

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jtracy
July 24, 2017

Well, I've grown with Orlando. When I came here I came about the same time Martin came, now Lockheed Martin. I knew of the Martin Company because of being in the Washington area. They're over in Baltimore and so, they discovered Orlando about the same time I did. And Orlando, back in those days, the stores used to close at noon on Wednesdays. We had no shopping centers, everything was downtown, and that soon changed.

Listen as business leader Pete Barr, Sr. talks about growing his advertising business, Fry, Hammond, Barr Incorporated in this excerpt from an oral hisory interview with Mr. Barr at the Orlando Public Library on March 13, 2017.

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Orlando grew with us...

So, also in my business, the only way you could really get into network television is be in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. Today, thanks to the marvelous world of computers, etc. we can make a buy right now in any spot market or any network and buy the rate as cheaply or as competitively as anybody in New York. And we have all the electronics and all the systems to back that up. So we can do it. We can make smart buys. You know, we've done well because we have smart people. They've come from elsewhere; you know, we have some people who are born and raised in Orlando. So, we're able to turn out a product that we can be proud of. Orlando grew with us.

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