Posted on 11 May 2011.
There’s been dispute about how Dallas Tape Deck, a business that mayoral candidate Ron Natinsky has touted as his first entrepreneurial venture, got started. Different people have given various recollections.
After several hours in the county records building looking for a needle in a microfilm haystack, I can now report that one thing is clear:
On paper, at least, it was not Ron Natinsky who started Dallas Tape Deck.
It was his father, George Natinsky, as you can see below.
To catch you up, we reported in yesterday’s paper that the mayoral candidate’s brother takes issue with how Natinsky takes credit for starting the business.
Yesterday on the blog, I also reported a conversation I later had with cellphone magnate Alan Goldfield, who said he sold to Dallas Tape Deck way back in 1967, and it seemed clear to him that Ron Natinsky was running the business.
Legally, however, George Natinsky was Dallas Tape Deck.
This is not how I understood it when interviewing Ron Natinsky about the business last month, when he carefully avoided mention of his father’s involvement. Here’s a portion of that interview:
Natinsky: We had employees, I think we probably had about half a dozen employees.
Thompson: When you say ‘we,’ who else?
Natinsky: No, I mean the business.
Thompson: But it was you, you were the head honcho?
Natinsky: Yeah, when you’re at that state I’m not sure anybody is the head honcho.
Thompson: But it was your business?
–Steve Thompson / Reporter