At well over 6-feet tall, George Ganzenmuller, Electrical Wholesaling’s chief editor from 1955 to 1986, always stood out at industry gatherings. But when you got to know George, it wasn’t his physical size that really made an impression; it was the depth of his understanding of the electrical wholesaling industry, his total honesty and the respect he held from the captains of the electrical industry.
Andrea Herbert, his successor as EW chief editor, said Ganzenmuller was like a magnet at industry meetings, constantly attracting the industry’s top executives for a few moments of quiet conversation about the issues of the day.
George was a quiet man by nature who enjoyed reflecting on the industry’s concerns, spending time with his family and fishing the lakes, streams and ocean near his New Jersey home and in New England. Ganzenmuller didn’t care to draw attention to himself, but he wasn’t afraid to take a stand on complex issues in his monthly “Times and Trends” editorial. He didn’t think buying/marketing groups were good for the electrical industry, and he wasn’t afraid to say so in his monthly editorial, always written on a manual typewriter.
He was a humble man with simple tastes who gave freely of his time and knowledge to other editors on the magazine’s staff. For many years he enjoyed a daily lunch in McGraw-Hill’s cafeteria with Andrea Herbert to discuss industry issues, part of his grooming process for the day in 1986 when she would succeed him.