Comcast co-founder says Ralph Roberts had an “iron fist in a velvet glove”

November 19, 2018

Ralph Roberts poses in front of a wall of 12 television monitors in the lobby of Comcast executive offices on the 35th floor of 1500 Market Street.

By Staff

A serial entrepreneur and showman, Ralph Roberts spun drama and advertising around golf putters and men’s fashion lines for belts, suspenders, wallets, cuff links, tie pins and cologne. The well-dressed businessman married a local actress, the former Suzanne Fleisher, and led a glamorous life in Philadelphia.

So when his next business opportunity came along, a utilitarian antenna television franchise in Mississippi, he was reluctant to take it. Running wires to peoples’ homes so they could watch TV. Really? Cable?

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