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As part of our 100th anniversary celebration this year, I have written and blogged about past events in our industry, as reported in Modern Tire Dealer. Reading about our coverage of these events has been both informative and entertaining to me; I hope you have felt the same way.

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Private Brand Tire Pioneer Al Hoffman Dies at 94

Albert Hoffman, co-founder of the Jetzon Tire and Rubber Co. Inc. and a pioneer in the private brand tire segment, died on Dec. 3, 2018, at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla., after battling cancer. He was 94.

Bob Gatzke, the 'tire dealer's tire dealer,' dies

Robert "Bob" Gatzke, one of the the founding partners of Parnelli Jones Inc. and onetime president of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), died on June 12, 2015. He was 84.

O'Neil warned of government intervention in 1979

M.G. “Jerry” O’Neil, who ran General Tire & Rubber Co. from 1960 to 1987, died recently at the age of 87. To the best of my knowledge, he was the last of the great family tire barons in the United States.