About 30 relatives of Peter L. Jensen and Edwin S. Pridham gathered in Napa this weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of their invention — the loudspeaker.
On Saturday, David Meagher, who grew up in and owns the house on F Street where the two men tested their new creation, greeted the group at Dwight Murray Plaza in downtown Napa near Franco Vianello’s statue of a loudspeaker.
“It’s amazing how many people in Napa do not know the loudspeaker was invented here,” said Meagher before leading the group of Jensen and Pridham relatives and history buffs for a 20-minute walk through downtown Napa to his house a mile away. Pridham and Jensen, an émigré from Denmark, had moved there in 1911 to focus on their work. The men, who left Napa in 1916, later co-founded Magnavox.
Montgomery Pridham flew from Southern California with his two brothers this weekend to honor their great-uncle, Edwin S. Pridham. Montgomery Pridham, 53, of Santa Monica, said he was “very proud” of his great-uncle.
“It’s part of history,” said Pridham, as he walked on Jefferson Street toward F Street. “Everybody uses a loudspeaker in some shape or form today.”
At Meagher’s house on F Street, Jensen’s youngest son,