Dr. Jon completed his studies from Yale University. Too independent to move back with his mother in Chicago, Lear struck out cross country. The couples are blessed with two sons. See also. Judging from his looks he seems to be fit and healthy. On October 7, 1963, Lear Jet started test flights on the Learjet 23, the first mass-produced business jet. In 1944, Harry Bruno included William P. Lear in a list of 87 "all-time greats in American aviation ... [who] gambled their necks, their brains and their money – that aviation might grow.". He was at the point of wrapping up the entire four-year curriculum in one when he was again dismissed for showing up teachers.":12–18. Tom Ford. He is 66 years of age. Lear borrowed $5,000 from his friend Algot Olson to make machines to wrap the strands, braid the wire, and wind the coils. The professor joined CBS News in 2006. The first Lear Jet was sold in 1963; it could carry eight passengers at 560 mph and cost about $650,000 fully equipped, about $400,000 less than its competitors at the time. , In 1968, Lear also started work on a closed circuit steam turbine to power cars and buses, and built a transit bus and converted a Chevrolet Monte Carlo sedan to use this turbine system. Tyrman died after surgery; consequently, Lear changed his diet. The challenges of aerial navigation led Lear into the development of radio direction finders and avionics products. LaPook was born and raised in Mineola. A post shared by Jon LaPook (@lapookj) on May 2, 2020 at 10:51am PDT. The fuselage of this aircraft was made of lightweight composite materials, instead of the more typical aluminum alloys. All rights reserved. The industry was set up in the basement of his mother's old house on 65th street, and done with assistance of Don Mitchell, a railroad electrician. 2003, Hannibal Municipal Airport was renamed the, This page was last edited on 26 July 2020, at 11:08.  Throughout his career of 46 years, Lear received over 120 patents. Galvin and Lear mulled over names for the product on a cross-country trip and came up with "Motorola" which was a blend of "motor" and the then popular suffix -ola used with audio equipment of the time (for example "Victrola"). Ad Choices. Lear founded Lear Developments, a company specializing in aerospace instruments and electronics. Later on, he became a professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Centre. Further details about his parents are not known. Although Lear had a reputation for being difficult, he had a sense of humor, as evidenced by naming his third daughter Shanda Lear (/ ʃændə lɪər /). Lear built audio amplifiers and cases for the Magnavox speakers then coming out. He joined the U.S. Navy and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Training Station. His parents also claim that Lear, acting as their son's wife, barred them from seeing his body for three months. , Lear also developed and marketed a line of panel-mounted radios for general aviation. If he had ever asked meI could have told him, If he had listened to meit would have beenanother story, with Goneril at my breastI looked at the worldand saw blood in darknessand tried to wake, with Regan at my breastI looked at the worldand covered my mouth, with Cordelia in my armsat my breastI wanted to call out to herin love and helplessnessand I wept, as for himhe had forgotten meeven before they did, only Cordeliadid not forgetanythingbut when asked she saidnothing.  Lear developed radio direction finders, autopilots, and the first fully automatic aircraft landing system. View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro . Trivia (2) Son of inventor and founder of the Lear Jet, William Powell Lear and Moya Lear. AAHS "Folded Wings" obit, 3rd Quarter 1978. As a correspondent, there is no doubt he has earned quite a fortune. Lear’s Wife. In 1941, Lear married his fourth wife, Moya Marie Olsen. Signed an affidavit along with investigator and former economist Morgan Reynolds regarding the planes on 9/11. They took an order of 50,000 coils from Eugene F. McDonald of Zenith Electronics when they demonstrated them. The Magnavox "majestic dynamic speakers" that he produced with Grunow were very popular. Jon is a married man. Lear was born on June 26, 1902 in Hannibal, Missouri to Ruben Marion Lear, a carpenter, and Gertrude Elizabeth Powell Lear.