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Posted Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Decades before the iPhone revolutionized the way we communicate, a Dutch firm developed magnetic cassette technology that changed listening habits by allowing music to be portable.

The original Walkman, released in 1979, was a portable cassette player sold under several names, including Soundabout in the United States, Freestyle in Sweden, and Stowaway in the UK. Eventually, Walkman caught on globally and Sony used the name worldwide.

Acorn Hall

Acorn Hall

Join the Morris County Historical Society on Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m., as Hamburg resident and former Ford model Carol Lopatin shares her experiences as a face of the iconic Sony Walkman and other well-recognized brands.

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a degree in marketing, Lopatin declined the offer of an accounting job to model for the renowned Ford Agency and eventually launch a career as a commercial print ad model. After 10 years of traveling the world for other brands such as Hawaiian Tropic and AT&T, Lopatin decided to pursue her passion for travel and adventure leading to careers as a scuba dive specialist, a national sales manager for Wyndham Worldwide and most recently as marketing director of a senior living facility.

MCHS is located at Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Avenue, Morristown, and is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Admission, which includes the exhibits and landscaped grounds, is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students, and is free for children under 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call MCHS at 973-267-3465 or visit the MCHS website:

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Founded in 1945, MCHS is a member-supported 501 (c)3 organization whose mission is to preserve and promote the history of Morris County.

The MCHS receives operating funds from the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission, and project/preservation grant funding from the New Jersey Historic Trust, 1772 Foundation, and Morris County Historic Preservation Trust. The MCHS was also awarded a Sandy Disaster Relief Grant for Historic Properties by the New Jersey Historic Trust, with funds provided by the Historic Preservation Fund of the National Park Service to the NJ State Historic Preservation Office.