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JUL 2019

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8 Security Business / / July 2019 Editor's Note BY PAUL ROTHMAN Farewell to an Industry Pioneer Remembering Security Dealer magazine founder Arnold Blumenthal, who passed away on June 29 When we announced in January that this magazine was changing its name from Security Dealer to Security Business, one of the first emails I received was from Arnold Blumenthal, the man who launched Security Dealer as a monthly magazine back in 1978. “Much success on your new approach and new name,” it read. “I truly hope that your approach is as successful as we were in the early days of the industry.” The security industry lost a legend and a pioneer on June 29, when Arnold Blumenthal passed away at the age of 91. He was laid to rest on July 2 in New York – the area where his influence over the security and alarm industry flourished for decades. After proudly serving his country aboard the USS Yorktown in World War II, Blumenthal owned a New York-based alarm company for years before eventually finding his way into the publishing industry. Just last year at GSX, Alan Forman – now President of New York-based Altronix – told me (and a room full of others) about how he, Arnold, Alan Glasser and others ran successful New York security businesses – and in the process formed the foundation of the area’s alarm industry. Over the course of more than 30 years, Arnold oversaw the publishing of Security Dealer and was a major figure in our company’s security publishing group for decades. He was also, along with Glasser, a key figure for the Metropolitan Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of New York, the state’s oldest incorporated alarm association. He also helped establish the New York Low Voltage Contractors Association (NYLVCA) in 2007. “Arnold and I knew each other about 40 years – not only as an alarm business associate, but truly as a friend and a mentor,” Glasser says. “I first met Arnold at an ISC East show in 1986, and Arnold just owned the floor – he was the ‘King of New York’ and regularly held court at the Security Dealer booth,” says Steve Lasky, our Editorial Director. “At the time, the security industry was very much New York and east coast-centric, and Arnold was a major figure. I always viewed him as the gregarious, albeit disheveled magazine publisher who loved his industry and loved publishing even more.” “Arnold took me under his wing as I grew in my role from sales rep to publisher of his pride and joy, Security Dealer magazine,” says former Security Dealer Publisher Peter Harlick. “I always kept Arnold close to get his expert opinion. He seemed to always know what our readers wanted. Arnold’s friendships were many, his experiences were vast, and his stories were endless. Today, I work for Dell Technologies in data protection, but often find myself thinking of Arnold and what he may be thinking up next to better serve his readers. It was truly an honor to learn from him.” Blumenthal served on the Board of Directors for New York-based NAPCO Security Technologies for more than 15 years. “Arnold Blumenthal was a great friend of this industry, NAPCO and mine,” says NAPCO VP of Marketing Judy Jones. “A humble, proud husband and family man, he was a lifelong fighter for all the things that mattered: He fought for his country, he fought cancer, he fought to protect the elderly in the county law center, and he fought to help pioneer and shape the security industry for decades. He will be truly missed.” As a proud WWII Veteran of the USS Yorktown, Blumenthal’s family has asked that any donations be made in his name at Alternatively, a check can be written to the USS Yorktown Association and be mailed to PO Box 1021, Mt. Pleasant SC 29465. Please leave a note in memo portion of the check. “Arnold’s contribution to the security industry and Security Dealer is unparalleled,” says our current Group Publisher Nancy Brokamp. “While he will be missed, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a warm, smile-filled memory that will forever keep him present in our hearts.” ■ Paul Rothman, Editor-in-Chief

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