Tuesday, September 4, 2007

What About Those Crosley Appliances?

Many of you have seen new Crosley appliances for sale--washers, refrigerators, and the like. In case you're wondering, these have nothing to do with the original Crosley Corporation, nor with the Crosley family or former Crosley Motors or Crosley Corporation stockholders. The Crosley name was licensed by a huckster named Buddy L. Dixson from North Carolina (in a story of his life he relates a rather vulgar tale that has him uriniating while demanding that AVCO, owner of the trademark, sell or lease it to him).

I contacted that company in 2001, when I began work on CROSLEY: Two Brothers and a Business Empire that Transformed the Nation. Dixon's response was a pair of threats that his "lawyers in Washington" would make sure that no book on Crosley would ever be published, because he owned the name. I ignored his threats and continued writing the book. I intended to send a copy to him, but he was getting up in years and died before CROSLEY was published. (His owning the Crosley name trademark did not and does not preclude someone making a book or film about Crosley.)

In the meantime, Dixson tried to hire someone to write a Crosley book for him (and that's a story that person can tell). With the aid of still another person--someone who was neither a good writer, nor a decent editor--Dixson put out a book that was supposed to be a bio of Powel Crosley, Jr., but upon examination is obviously a biography of Dixson himself, with some reprinted (much of it inaccurate) info about Crosley.
As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a maroon!"


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