February 22, 2012 |
German physicist Heinrich Hertz has been honored with his very own wavy Google Doodle on what would have been his 155th birthday. In case you aren't sure just what old Heinrich is responsible for, here is a hint: The metric unit Hertz (Hz), which stands for the number of cycles per second of any kind of phenomena, and is frequently used to describe radio and audio waves, is named after him. Noticing a wAvY theme here? PHOTOS: Google Doodles 2012 Hertz, who was born on Feb. 22 in 1857, was the first person to conclusively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves back in the late 1880s, and it was his experiments with electromagnetic waves that paved the way for the invention of radio, television and radar -- what we now know as the “wireless age.” Amazingly, he did all of this before his death at the age of 36 from Wegener's granulomatosis, a rare disease that results in the inflammation of the blood vessels.
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February 2, 2009 |
Robert L. Stone, a former top executive at the Hertz Corp. who in the 1970s hired O.J. Simpson as a pitchman for the car rental giant, has died. He was 87. Stone died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Boca Grande, his wife, Sheila Muldowny Stone, said Saturday. Stone became the chairman and chief executive of Hertz in 1972, when the company was a subsidiary of RCA Corp. It is now known as Hertz Global Holdings Inc.
May 17, 1985 |
After Poway High School's girl's swimming team won the Palomar League meet last week, Poway Coach Will Scandalis said the Titans could "kick" their opponents whenever they had to. Mount Carmel, which has won the San Diego Section CIF girls swimming and diving title two years in a row, took offense to Scandalis' comment. In fact, several Sundevils swimmers showed up at Thursday's preliminaries at Mount Carmel with plastic, stick-on feet on the backs of their swimsuits.
September 3, 1985
The price tag for Hertz was $587.5 million cash. Hertz, the car-rental business, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of UAL, the corporate parent of United Airlines. Frank Olson will continue to serve as chairman and chief executive of Hertz.
March 1, 1997 |
Ford Motor Co. plans to sell less than 20% of its Hertz Corp. car rental unit in an initial public offering. The auto maker told the Securities and Exchange Commission that the offering, which had been long expected, will involve newly issued shares of Hertz common stock. Ford first invested in the Park Ridge, N.J.-based car rental giant in 1987 and acquired full control in 1994. Pricing of the Hertz shares is several weeks away, a Ford spokesman said.
August 30, 1985 |
The Hertz Corp., a subsidiary of RCA Corp., has been sold to UAL Inc. for $587,500,000 in cash, it was announced today. The transaction, negotiated over a period of nine months, had been previously agreed to in principle on June 17 by directors of RCA and UAL, the parent company of United Airlines. Frank A. Olson will continue to serve as chairman and chief executive officer of Hertz, now a wholly owned subsidiary of UAL.
January 10, 1997 |
Moody's Investors Service said it is reviewing the debt ratings of Hertz Corp. and its subsidiaries for possible downgrade after an announcement by Ford Motor Co. that it is reviewing its options about a possible sale of the industry's leading rental car company. According to Moody's, the management of Hertz has implemented a strategy over recent years "which has resulted in Hertz achieving the status of the world's largest and most profitable daily car rental company."
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June 22, 1997 |
Entrepreneur John D. Hertz, who founded the Yellow Cab Co. in 1913 and later went on to own the world's largest car-rental company, left an indelible mark on the San Fernando Valley when in the 1950s he constructed an enormous bomb shelter on his expansive West Valley ranch. The shelter, which still exists, cost $89,000 and was considered a masterpiece of engineering. Shaped like a submarine, it had bath facilities, an elevator, an electric kitchen and sleeping accommodations for 30 people.
June 14, 1998
Hertz is backing off from frequent-flier awards for car renters by refiguring them and setting up its own awards program. The result: in many cases, fewer miles for rentals, especially short-term ones. Hertz spokeswoman Lauren Garvey said the goal is to become "cost-effective." Instead of awarding 250 miles per corporate rental and 500 per leisure rental--typical in the industry--it awards one mile per dollar spent for corporate rentals, and two miles for leisure rentals.
August 4, 1988 |
Auto rental giant Hertz Corp. pleaded guilty today to charges it defrauded customers and insurance companies of $13 million in car repair costs and agreed to pay $13.7 million in fines and restitution, prosecutors said. The penalty included $6.85 million in criminal fines, the largest ever levied against a corporation in a criminal case, said Ann Driscoll, a spokeswoman for Brooklyn U.S. Atty. Andrew Maloney.