Chicago — Carl Korn, Cobra founder and former chairman, died yesterday at the age of 92.
A statement from Cobra CEO and chairman Jim Bazet said funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 13, at Chicago Jewish Funerals at 8551 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie, Ill. The burial will immediately follow at Shalom Memorial Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Korn founded Central Television Services out of his garage with his partner in 1948. This became B&K Electronics, which in turn joined forces with other small CE companies to form Dynascan. In 1963, Dynascan engineers developed the world’s first CB radio, the Sidewinder, which was shortly followed by the Cobra, according to Bazet’s statement. The Cobra name soon became the symbol and brand name for this signature product.
Korn served as president and CEO from 1961 to 1985 and was chairman of the board from 1961 to 2008, when he officially retired. He remained chairman emeritus until his death.