Last month, more than 50 former colleagues and friends gathered to reminisce of their time working for Sparkomatic and Altec Lansing. The legendary Milford corporations which occupied the iconic building on Route 6/209 with the “bubble windows” employed many local residents and regional representatives across the country and around the world.
On June 18th, Log Tavern Brewing on E Harford Street in Milford, hosted the group’s reunion. It was a wonderful day and a good time was had by all. Attendees traveled from as far away as LA, Atlanta, South Carolina, Virginia Beach, Oregon, points in PA, and neighboring states of NJ and NY. Everyone shared memories, stories and tall tales of their time with the company and honored the memory of the company’s co-founder and CEO, Edward Anchel, who passed away in August 0f 2021. The reunion was organized by James Pedranti and Gary Pomes, Milford residents who were senior executives in the company.
Sparkomatic began in 1961 as an automotive aftermarket parts and accessories company. In 1971, Sparkomatic began manufacturing car audio accessories including car radios, speakers, and related products. In 1984, the company entered the home audio business with the acquisition of Altec Lansing Consumer Audio. In 1991, Altec was the first to design and manufacture a purpose-built multimedia computer speaker and introduced many industry innovations to become the leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of advanced audio solutions for personal computers and emerging technologies.
Many attendees enjoyed dinner together at the Two Rivers Grille in Matamoras and a nightcap at the Tom Quick Inn, making the day a truly Milford experience for all who exclaimed, “we should do this more often.”
Marion J. Murray