What was Universal Studios mogul Carl Laemmle doing before he got into movies?

Universal Studios mogul Carl Laemmle was the manager of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, branch of Continental Clothing, a clothing retailer.

In 1906, after losing his job in an argument with his boss, he opened a movie theater in Chicago.

He soon became a film distributor and, in 1912, founded Universal.

According to one account, he got the idea for the studio name from a truck that read “Universal Pipe Fittings.”

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