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Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (born January 5, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota) is an American politician and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was the 42nd US Vice President (1977-1981) under President Jimmy Carter. He was also a two-term US Senator from Minnesota and the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1984 against the incumbent, Republican Ronald W. Reagan, who was reelected in a landslide when Mondale carried only his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

Early life

Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, the son of a Methodist minister. His half-brother was the Unitarian minister Lester Mondale. He was educated at Macalester College in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1951. He then served two years at Fort Knox, in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956 and began to practice law in Minneapolis.

Entry into politics and U.S. Senator

He managed the re-election campaign of Gov. Orville Freeman, who in return in 1960 appointed Mondale the state's attorney general. He spent two terms as attorney general. When Hubert H. Humphrey II was elected vice president in 1964, Mondale was appointed to Humphrey's seat in the Senate. Mondale was elected to the seat in 1966 and re-elected in 1972.

Mondale gained public notice for his role in the Apollo 1 investigation. He attempted to show that NASA was dangerous and a waste of taxpayer money. His ultimate goal was that this money should be directed into social services. Many people came away from the experience with the belief that Mondale was on a witch-hunt.

42nd Vice President

When Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for president in 1976, he chose Mondale as his running mate. Mondale was inaugurated as vice president on 20 January 1977. He was the first vice president to reside at the official vice presidential residence, Number One Observatory Circle. Carter and Mondale were renominated at the 1980 Democratic National Convention, but lost to Ronald W. Reagan and George H. W. Bush. (See U.S. presidential election, 1976, U.S. presidential election, 1980.)

Presidential nominee of 1984

After a brief return to the practice of law, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1984 election. He chose U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman nominated for that position by a major party. Mondale ran a liberal campaign, supporting a nuclear freeze and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). He spoke against what he considered to be unfairness in Reagan's economic policies and the need to reduce federal budget deficits.

Mondale shakes hands with Ronald Reagan before a debate in 1984.

When he made his acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention, Mondale said: "Let's tell the truth. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did." Although he intended this to demonstrate that he was honest while Reagan was hypocritical, it was widely remembered as simply a campaign pledge to raise taxes, and it hurt him in the end. In 1986, Reagan did sign into law a bill that raised taxes for corporations, but at the same time cut taxes further for individual taxpayers.

In the 1984 election, Mondale was defeated in a massive landslide, winning only the District of Columbia and his home state of Minnesota, thus securing only 13 electoral votes to Reagan's 525. Mondale's defeat was the worst for any Democratic Party candidate in history, and the worst for any major-party candidate since Alf Landon's loss to Roosevelt in 1936.

Private citizen and ambassador

Following the election, Mondale returned again to private law practice, with Dorsey & Whitney in Minnesota in 1987. From 1986 to 1993, Mondale was chairman of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Under the presidency of Bill Clinton, he was ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996, chaired a bipartisan group to study campaign finance reform, and was Clinton's representative in Indonesia in 1998.

2002 election

Mondale talks during a debate with Norm Coleman in 2002.

In 2002, Democratic US Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota, who was running for re-election, died in a plane crash just 11 days before the Nov. 5 election. Mondale, at age 74, replaced Wellstone on the ballot, but narrowly lost the election to the conservative Republican opponent Norm Coleman. Upon conceding the election, Mondale said, "At the end of what will be my last campaign, I want to say to Minnesota, you always treated me well, you always listened to me". Mondale finished with 1,067,246 votes (47.34%) to Coleman's 1,116,697 (49.53%) out of 2,254,639 votes cast. Mondale set a political record of sorts as a result of this loss, becoming the only major party candidate in U.S. history to lose statewide elections in all 50 states (having won only Minnesota in the 1984 election).

Norwegian ancestry

Mondale has always maintained strong ties to his ancestral Norway. Coincidentally, when he entered the Senate in 1964 he took over the seat of vice president Hubert Humphrey, another Norwegian-American. In later years Mondale has served on the executive committee of the Peace Prize Forum, an annual conference co-sponsored by the Norwegian Nobel Institute and five Midwestern colleges of Norwegian heritage. In connection with Norway's Centennial Celebration in 2005, he chairs the committee to promote and develop cultural activities between Norway and Norwegian-American organizations. During the 1984 Presidential election he was even nicknamed "Norwegian wood", a play on the Beatles song, his ancestory and his appearance.

Mondale's 45 year old daughter, Eleanor, is a television personality, who is currently battling brain cancer.


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Mondale finished with 1,067,246 votes (47.34%) to Coleman's 1,116,697 (49.53%) out of 2,254,639 votes cast. Washington Post: Pay Judgment Or Game Over, Sony Warned. Upon conceding the election, Mondale said, "At the end of what will be my last campaign, I want to say to Minnesota, you always treated me well, you always listened to me". district court judge ruled on the matter in March, 2005 and not only agreed with the federal jury's ruling but also added another US$8.7 million in damages. Mondale, at age 74, replaced Wellstone on the ballot, but narrowly lost the election to the conservative Republican opponent Norm Coleman. A U.S. 5 election. In 2004 a federal jury agreed with Immersion, awarding the company US$82 million in damages.

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Mondale's defeat was the worst for any Democratic Party candidate in history, and the worst for any major-party candidate since Alf Landon's loss to Roosevelt in 1936. On July 20th, 2004, the EU approved a 50-50 merger between Sony Music Entertainment and BMG. In the 1984 election, Mondale was defeated in a massive landslide, winning only the District of Columbia and his home state of Minnesota, thus securing only 13 electoral votes to Reagan's 525. Sony also owns television channels in India and channels aimed at Indian communities in Europe. In 1986, Reagan did sign into law a bill that raised taxes for corporations, but at the same time cut taxes further for individual taxpayers. Sony acquired Aiwa Corporation in 2002. I just did." Although he intended this to demonstrate that he was honest while Reagan was hypocritical, it was widely remembered as simply a campaign pledge to raise taxes, and it hurt him in the end. In 2000, Sony had sales of US $63 billion and 189,700 employees.

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Rep. announced that Nobuyuki Idei will step down as Chairman and Group CEO and will be replaced by Briton Sir Howard Stringer, current Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation of America, Corporate Executive Officer, Vice Chairman and COO Sony Entertainment Business Group. He chose U.S. On March 7th, 2005, Sony Corp. After a brief return to the practice of law, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination in the 1984 election. However, this huge growth in portable transistor radio sales, that saw Sony rise to be the dominant player in the consumer electronics field, [1] was not because of the consumers who had bought the earlier generation of tube radio consoles, but was driven by a distinctly new American phenomenon at the time called Rock and Roll. presidential election, 1980.). market and launched the new industry of consumer microelectronics." By the mid 1950s, American teens had began buying portable transistor radios in huge numbers, helping to propel the fledgling industry from an estimated 100,000 units in 1955 to 5,000,000 units by the end of 1958.

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Reagan and George H. The following year, 1957, Sony came out with the TR-63 model, the then smallest (112 x 71 x 32 mm) set in commercial production. Carter and Mondale were renominated at the 1980 Democratic National Convention, but lost to Ronald W. That same year they made the TR-6, a coat pocket radio which was used by the company to create its "SONY boy" advertising character. He was the first vice president to reside at the official vice presidential residence, Number One Observatory Circle. In 1956, Sony reportedly manufactured about 40,000 of its Model TR-72 box-like portable transistor radios and exported some of this model to North America, Holland and Germany. Mondale was inaugurated as vice president on 20 January 1977. In August 1955, Sony produced its first coat-pocket sized transistor radio they registered as the TR-55 model.

When Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for president in 1976, he chose Mondale as his running mate. Eventually, both Ibuka and Mitsui Bank's chairman gave their approval. Many people came away from the experience with the belief that Mondale was on a witch-hunt. Akio Morita was firm, however, as he did not want the company name tied to any particular industry. His ultimate goal was that this money should be directed into social services. They pushed for a name such as Sony Electronic Industries, or Sony Teletech. He attempted to show that NASA was dangerous and a waste of taxpayer money. The move was not without opposition: TTK's principal bank at the time, Mitsui, had strong feelings about the name.

Mondale gained public notice for his role in the Apollo 1 investigation. At the time of the change, it was extremely unusual for a Japanese company to use Roman letters instead of Chinese characters to spell its name. Mondale was elected to the seat in 1966 and re-elected in 1972. However "Sonny" seemed not to be appropriate since it sounds too much like the Japanese soh-nee which means something like "business goes bad", Akio Morita pushed for a word that does not exist in any language so that they could claim the word "Sony" as their own (which paid off when they sued a candy producer who also used the name who claimed that "Sony" was just an existing word in some language). Humphrey II was elected vice president in 1964, Mondale was appointed to Humphrey's seat in the Senate. The name "Sony" was chosen for the brand as a mix of the Latin word sonus, which is the root of sonic and sound, the English word "sunny", and from the word Sonny-boys which is Japanese slang for "whizz kids". When Hubert H. The primary reason they did not, is that the railway company Tokyo Kyuko was known as TKK.

He spent two terms as attorney general. When Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo was looking for a romanized name to use to market themselves, they strongly considered using their initials, TTK. Orville Freeman, who in return in 1960 appointed Mondale the state's attorney general. Today Norio Ohga is Honorary Chairman, Howard Stringer is Chairman and CEO, and Ryoji Chubachi is President and Electronics CEO. He managed the re-election campaign of Gov. As it grew into a major international corporation, Sony acquired other companies with longer histories, including Columbia Records (the oldest continuously produced brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888). He graduated with a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1956 and began to practice law in Minneapolis. Their first consumer product, in the late 1940s, was a rice boiler.

Army during the Korean War. Sony was founded by Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita on May 7, 1946 as the Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering with about 20 employees. He then served two years at Fort Knox, in the U.S. . Paul and the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1951. See also Sony Corporation shareholders and subsidiaries. He was educated at Macalester College in St. Sony Corporation is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange under number 6758 and on the NYSE as SNE through ADR.

His half-brother was the Unitarian minister Lester Mondale. It is currently one of the world's largest producers of consumer electronics and is one of the biggest corporations in Japan. Mondale was born in Ceylon, Minnesota, the son of a Methodist minister. Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758), NYSE: SNE is a global consumer electronics corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. . (The University of Arizona Press, 1991). Reagan, who was reelected in a landslide when Mondale carried only his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia. The Portable Radio in American Life by University of Arizona Professor Michael Brian Schiffer, Ph.D.

He was also a two-term US Senator from Minnesota and the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1984 against the incumbent, Republican Ronald W. SONY Radio, Sony Transistor Radio 35th Anniversary 1955-1990 - information booklet (1990). He was the 42nd US Vice President (1977-1981) under President Jimmy Carter. Made in Japan by Akio Morita and SONY, Harper Collins (1994). Walter Frederick "Fritz" Mondale (born January 5, 1928 in Ceylon, Minnesota) is an American politician and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. The story of Sony's foray into the American commercial market is documented in Terry Sanders' film The Japan Project: Made in Japan. PlayStation 3 (Spring 2006).

Librie (2004-). Universal Media Disc (UMD) (2004-). PlayStation Portable (2004-). Qrio (2003-).

PSX (2003-). Blu-Ray Disc (2003-). Qualia (2003-). HDV (2003-).

SonicStage (2003 - ). MicroMV (2002-). CLIÉ (2000-2005). Aibo (1999-).

PlayStation 2 (1999-). Super Audio CD (1998-). HiFD (1998-2001). Memory Stick (1998-).

Ruvi (1998-1999). Digital Mavica (1997-). VAIO (1997-). FD Trinitron (1996-).

Digital8 (1999-). Cyber-shot (1996-). MiniDV (1995-). DV (1995-).

Magic Link (1994-1997). PlayStation (later PS one) (1994-2004). MiniDisc (1992-). NT (1991-??).

Video Walkman (1989-). Hi8 (1989-). CD-R (with Phillips) (1988-). D2 (1988-).

NEWS (1987-??). DAT (1987-). D1 (1987-). Video8 (1985-??).

Handycam (1985-). CD-ROM (1985-). Discman (1984-). 3½" diskette (1983-).

Compact Disc (1982-). Betacam (1982-). Mavica (1981-??). DASH (1980).

Walkman (1979-). Elcaset (1976-1980). Betamax (1975-1998). U-matic (1971-1983).

Trinitron (1968-). Transistor radios (1955-). Reel-to-reel tape recorders (1950-??). The Sony PlayStation Portable uses the proprietary Universal Media Disc format to store games and movies.

However, both formats have significant industry backing and it is unclear whether this will prove to be a mistake for Sony, or whether their format will win out. Sony has been accused of repeating mistakes with its Blu-Ray disc format, which looks likely to compete with Toshiba's HD-DVD format. Until late 2004, Sony's Network Walkman line of digital portable music players did not support the MP3 de facto standard natively, although the software provided with them would convert MP3 files into the ATRAC or ATRAC3 formats. Since the introduction of the MiniDisc format, Sony has attempted to promote its own audio compression technologies under the ATRAC brand, against more widely-used formats like MP3 or even Windows Media Audio.

Ultimately SDDS has been vastly overshadowed by the preferred DTS (Digital Theatre System) and Dolby Digital standards in both the motion picture industry and home audio formats. Unlike Dolby Digital, SDDS utilized a method of backup by having mirrored arrays of bits on both sides of the film which acted as a measure of reliability in case the film was partially damaged. In 1993 Sony challenged the industry standard Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound format with its newer and more advanced proprietary motion picture digital audio format called SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound) This format employed eight channels (7.1) of audio opposed to just six used in Dolby Digital 5.1 at the time. It also attempted to compete with the Iomega Zip drive and Imation SuperDisk with their HiFD, but this proved a severe failure.

Sony also makes heavy use of its Memory Stick flash memory cards for digital cameras and other portable devices, which few other manufacturers use. which left it in an awkward position when rivals later adopted CD-R and MP3. MiniDisc was created by Sony to replace cassette tapes.

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