At Dallas Tape Deck, Ron Natinsky ‘made all the decisions,’ says former tape distributor

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In today’s paper, I had a story about Ron Natinsky’s brother’s accusation that the mayoral candidate wasn’t being truthful about how his first business, Dallas Tape Deck, began.

Today I heard from a guy who says he did business with Dallas Tape Deck way back the year it opened, 1967, and it seemed clear to him that Natinsky, not his father, was calling the shots.

“The father was just working there; the father didn’t run the company at all,” said the man. “Really and truly, Ron did run that company. He was the only person I dealt with, because he was the one that made all the decisions. So what he’s saying there is true.”

The man on the phone was none other than cellphone magnate Alan Goldfield, who is most famous for the monstrous, 48,000-square-foot palace he and his wife built for themselves a few years back out in Hickory Creek south of Denton. (It’s for sale, if you’re interested.)

Goldfield said that before he started his cell phone company, CellStar, he managed another company, Allied Recorded Sound, that sold tapes wholesale to retailers like Dallas Tape Deck. He said he stopped by Natinsky’s shop occasionally, as he did all his customers.

“I can’t tell you who’s on the paperwork or whatever, but they did pass the credit check,” Goldfield said. “As far as I knew he (Ron Natinsky) was the owner, and he made all the decisions.”

“The father was a nice guy, and what I remember specifically was his father telling me how proud he was of Ron,” he said.

Goldfield said after the 1960s, he’s seen Natinsky only once — when he ran into him at a City Hall event a few years ago.

“I’m just calling because I don’t like people to get damaged when it’s not true,” Goldfield said. “If it’s true, screw ’em, I don’t give a s*&#, you know.”

–Steve Thompson / Reporter

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