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April 27, 1999
J.D. Power and Associates of Agoura Hills said it acquired Dallas-based Baker & Co., a business and marketing consultant in the automotive and telecommunications industries. The firm will be operated as a wholly owned division of J.D. Power. J.D. Power and Associates is a privately held marketing information services firm best known for its customer satisfaction surveys for new cars.
July 3, 1987 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, Times Staff Writer
The news accounts, now 70 years old, offer only fragments of the "ghastly drama" that surrounded the marriage of Mary Kenan Flagler Bingham, "the richest woman in America." She was the widow of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler and her estate was worth between $60 million and $100 million. Her bridegroom was Judge Robert Worth Bingham, a Kentucky lawyer without independent means. Their wedding in 1916 made headlines, even in New York. And so did her mysterious death eight months later.
J.D. Sumner, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer known for his work with the Stamps Quartet, a backup group for Elvis Presley, has died. He was 73. Sumner, who was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1983, died Monday of a heart attack in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he had gone to perform with the Stamps. J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, as they were known, performed with Presley from 1970 to 1977, and Sumner sang at Presley's funeral in 1977.
April 11, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
J.D. Power & Associates, the international marketing research firm based in Agoura Hills, is moving its world headquarters up the road to Thousand Oaks. This weekend the company will begin shifting about 350 workers to a 93,000-square-foot, three-story building at 2625 Townsgate Road in the Westlake section of the city. About 100 of those employees now work at a facility in Newbury Park and will move later this month.
April 18, 1994 | From Reuters
J.D. Power and Associates, the influential U.S. market research firm that can make or break car makers' reputations, said Friday it is moving into Europe with its car customer satisfaction surveys. But rules on data protection are making it difficult for the company, founded in 1966 by former car industry executive Dave Power, to build up the databases it needs.
February 29, 1992 | LAUREN LIPTON
How's this for a job, kids J. D. Roth gets paid to pay video games. "We have an arcade at the set," says the 23-year-old host of TV's "Game Pro," which gives the Saturday-morning crowd an inside look at new game technology. (The show airs at 6:30 a.m. on Saturdays and again at 7 a.m. on Sundays on KABC Channel 7.) The show provides perks for Roth too. "We have an arcade on the set," he says. And get this--no quarters!
J.D. Power & Associates, the company famous for rating consumers' satisfaction with their cars, plans to begin doing the same for new home buyers nationwide, bolstered by the success of a survey it did in Southern California last year. Some 16,000 Southland residents who had bought new homes in the previous two years from the region's largest builders were surveyed by mail in August.
August 3, 1985 | From Times Wire Services
John D. Harper, who joined Aluminum Co. of America in 1925 as a $12-a-week summer employee and retired 50 years later as board chairman and chief executive officer, died of a heart ailment July 26 in a hospital here. Harper, 75, held several patents for sophisticated telemetry devices, developed while he worked at and later managed the company's extensive electrical generating systems in Tennessee and North Carolina. A native of Louisville, Tenn.
February 1, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
J. Douglas Brown, the last of the three prime architects of the Social Security system, is dead at 87. The labor economist and former president of the Princeton University faculty died Jan. 19 at the Meadow Lakes Retirement Community in Hightstown, a few miles from the university where he was educated and taught for more than four decades. He was one of the three experts who crafted the old-age pension plan for President Franklin D.
July 18, 1986 | HILLIARD HARPER, San Diego County Arts Writer
In a field dominated by baritones and bass-baritones, J.D. Steyers' voice is a rarity. Steyers at 46 is not a singer but a veteran radio announcer, a classical music disc jockey, whose mellow, tenor-like voice and penchant for on-air whimsicality set him apart from the more serious-sounding deep-voiced announcers that dominate the medium. But Steyers seems made for radio. He loves to talk; always has. When he was a child, his grandmother asked if he had been vaccinated with a Victrola needle.
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