Lisa Glauber

Lisa was born in San Candido, in the Province of Bolzano, in 1935, too young therefore to remember the dramatic events preceding the Second World War, (which was the reason why her family had to leave their home and that part of Italy), and also too young to understand the war itself. Those were very difficult years for her father and for Unda Radio, the factory he founded in Dobbiaco in 1925, and subsequently transferred to Como in 1940 due to the political events.

Lisa’s childhood was blissful and carefree, first in Dobbiaco and then in Como, where she attended high school. However, she preferred practicing sports, especially basketball and skiing with her brothers and friends in the mountains around Como and in Dobbiaco, to studying. After uneventful teen years in a quiet and protective family, she made some unpredictable life choices before reaching the necessary maturity: she married an American and went to live in New York in 1958, where, fortunately, she completed her studies with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Columbia University.

With this degree she got a very interesting position with the U.S. Health Department during the Nixon years and his ‘war on poverty’. The job consisted of a health survey in the poorest areas of New York City, surveys which were extended to 10 other States.

Lisa came back to Italy in 1971, where she worked in her father’s second business, the Inelco SpA, but unfortunately she missed the opportunity of working with him as he had already died in 1966. In 1978 she emigrated again to the United Sates, this time settling in California with her second husband, an agronomist from Triest. Together they managed a large agricultural property consisting of almost 6,000 acres. Needless to say the type of agriculture practiced in those dimensions was totally different from the one practiced in Italy. After farming, she worked for an organization dedicated to the homeless, the drug addicts and economically disadvantaged families, whose number is very high in a country generally considered wealthy. She got to know another face of America, less known maybe, but just as real.

She remained in California for 26 years. After her husband’s death she had no ties binding her to that land, so she returned to Italy in 2004 to live next to her family, thereby closing the cycle of unpredictable choices.

At first she wanted to find an antique Unda Radio for each of her nephews.  Due to the war and frequent transfers from one country to another, none of Max’s children, possessed a radio set built by him. Thus she discovered a world she never imagined existed: the world of antique radio lovers and collectors. She realized the great interest in this company to this day and the high esteem in which it is still held. The logical outcome was to dedicate a website to Unda Radio. The main purpose is to honor the memory of her father, Max Glauber, and at the same time to offer to the many antique radio enthusiasts a direct link to the history and events of one of the first Italian companies who produced radio sets. Having lived and worked during a historical period particularly important for Italy, having faced and overcome many difficulties related to that period, this pioneer, who was Lisa’ father, earned the esteem of his grateful co-workers and of antique radio enthusiasts worldwide. A page of history certainly worthy of being preserved and handed down to posterity.

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