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Who doesn't love beautiful music, especially during the holidays? All of us likely have our preferences in the type of music we enjoy. But if you "make your own kind of music" -- and it has anything to do with guitars or drums -- you've probably heard the name Gretsch. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts used Gretsch drums, and George Harrison, of The Beatles, knew how to make a Gretsch guitar sing.
Begun in 1883 by German immigrant Friedrich Gretsch, the Gretsch Co. became famous for creating high-quality drums and guitars. Now based in Savannah and headed by Fred W. and Dinah Gretsch, the company was recognized for its 130th anniversary this year with fourth-, fifth- and sixth-generation family members meeting to celebrate.
Fred and Dinah were also recognized in 2008 by being the first musical instrument manufacturers inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. In an effort to keep musical education alive locally, Dinah created Mrs. G's Music Foundation in 2010, and the couple has partnered with Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bulloch County. That's a magical way to make music come alive. For more, see "Striking a harmonious chord," page 16.
You can find magic everywhere this season, in family gatherings, gift-giving and in Grandma's favorite recipe -- so don't miss "Recipes for the holiday season," page 32!
But energy-efficient heating is not magic, it's based on efficient technology and the heat the earth provides. Learn more from our consumer's guide to heat-pump systems, page 21.
Here's to a magical season -- stay warm!
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ON THE COVER THIS MONTH:
Fred W. and Dinah Gretsch, president and CFO, respectively, of the Gretsch Co., pose among the company's guitars and drums at their Savannah headquarters. (Photo by Stephen Morton.)