Budd Johnson, who died recently, was a member of the TEAC team that oversaw the development of the American branch of the company, known as TASCAM. As a result, Johnson was there in the late 1960s and early ’70s to witness firsthand the remarkable, and somewhat unexpected, success of the home recording market. His product spec sheets and ads later proved to have played a key role in the popularity of TASCAM’s reel and mixing units. He also played an early and important part in the success of Fostex and served as that company’s President in the early years. Within all of his stories, he stressed the joy he had going to work each day and doing something that he loved.
To view his webclip, go to www.namm.org/library/oral-history/