Carl Laemmle with Oshkosh visitors in Hollywood, California, circa 1925-1930. From left: Freda Weidner, Carl Laemmle, Gertrude Weidner Hardy, and Oscar J. Hardy.
What do Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, and Zero Dark Thirty have in common?
Apart from being some of the most critically acclaimed films of 2012, they were all produced or distributed by Universal Pictures. Universal, currently a division of Comcast, is one of the oldest motion picture companies in the United States. It was developed by an entrepreneur who spent more than a decade developing his business acumen in Oshkosh.
Carl Laemmle was a German immigrant with ten years of experience in sales and bookkeeping when he moved to Oshkosh to work at Continental Clothing in 1894. He married, ...