August 28, 1997
by David Kushner, New York Times
Muzak was founded in the early 1920's by Maj. Gen. George Owen Squier, a retired Army Signal Corps officer. Something of a protogeek, General Squier experimented with ways to deliver music directly into homes using electrical lines. His company, originally known as Wired Radio, began transmitting over telephone lines, later expanding its broadcasts into hotels and restaurants.