Why do we at The Writing On The Wal care about Sol Price? Because Price was the genius (or possibly evil genius, given history) that gave us the big-box super store. Before there was a Walmart or Sam's Club, there was Fed-Mart and Price Clubs. From the San Diego Tribune:
I grew up vaguely aware that a man named, aptly enough, Price was San Diego’s answer to Andrew Carnegie, a business magnate with a charitable heart. His other son, Larry, who would grow up to unsuccessfully sue his father in 1989 for alleged emotional distress, was a classmate at Francis Parker School in the late ’50s. I remember a friend pointing to an unsmiling, dark-suited man visiting the Mission Hills campus and, in a hushed whisper, saying, “That’s Sol Price.” I never had another contact with Price until a Maserati with a car phone (a novelty in 1984) pulled up in front of the La Jolla Light, where I was the editor. The driver of the sports car was a young Harvard business graduate, a Price Co. vice president, who would offer me a job to start up a newspaper called the Price Club Journal. The idea was to publish something like The Wall Street Journal for small-business members of the Price Club. Circulation target: 1 million. I confess, I had my qualms. I was the only full-time editorial employee, responsible for a vast herd of freelancers spread around the country. I worried that the Prices expected more than I (or anyone else) could deliver. Still, I took the job in part because the money was bright green and also because, as tough a businessman as he was reputed to be, I considered Sol Price’s character to be a gold standard. I hoped some of it would rub off on me.Sam Walton once had this to say about Sol Price. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.