Garfield Heights, OH
Rich Uminski, CSM
44 (Sept 2, 1957)
Amanda, Brian, Rachel
Watching Sports On TV
64 (April 13, 1937)
Bowling and Bowling
J and R TV Service of Garfield Heights. A way to measure the success
of a business is to note it’s longevity and it’s satisfied customers. It is a fact that
you can’t fool All of the people All of the time, so partners Dick Biegacki and Rich
Uminski must be doing something right or else they’ve discovered the perfect way to
fool people. Customers have been coming back to J and R for 48 years. My bet is
that they’re doing something right.
Established in 1953 By Richard (Dick) Biegacki and his Father who both graduated
from the famous National Radio School, the business was first operated from the
basement of the family home, as were many TV Shops in the early days of the medium.
By 1956 the business had outgrown the basement and the elder Biegacki quit his
job at a tool company to work full time in the electronic business. “J and R
Radio & TV Service” opened its doors at 4823 Turney Road with Mom Biegacki and
Richard’s wife Joan Biegacki making it a true “Family” business. Dick’s children
also worked at the store part-time during their high school days.
As time passed, changes were made. “Radio” was de-emphasized, and eventually
dropped from the name, and several different locations on Turney Road were tried
until they finally moved into their present location at 4804 Turney Road.
Things continued to change. In the early days, they sold New TV’s as well
as doing repair, but they eventually discontinued sales to concentrate on
Currently they perform Home and Shop service on TV’s, PTV’s, VCR’s,
Microwaves, Camcorders, and Stereo’s. Eventually, they outgrew their
single suite and expanded into the suite next door, and then, in 1974,
another change occurred.
The “New Kid” arrived. Rich Uminski, recently graduated from the
Garfield High School and Cuyahoga Valley Vocational School, was hired.
Rich is the face that customers see when they call for a technician to
come to their home. In 1979, the “new” Rich became a partner, and in 1993
he added a CSM to his name.
So, with “Rich” and “Rich” running the business – How come the name “J and R” TV.
When I asked Mr. Uminski, he exclaimed, “That’s what I want to Know!” He sat Hunched
at his Desk, striking his forehead to the surface crying “Why…Why…I give
so much…(sniff)!” When things calmed down Dick explained that it was his Dad
“JOE” Biegacki and he
that started the business in 1953, and it was “Joe and Richard” for many years.
Dick loaned us a photo album showing many photos of the business throughout the years.
It was an interesting walk down memory lane.
Rich and Dick are both long time NESDA members. With Rich having served in the
past as our local organization’s president, and he is in fact our current NesdaOhio
President. Both of these men exemplify NESDA’s Ideals, and we are fortunate to
have them as NesdaOhio Members.