Hello, my name is Kenneth Kowal. Some of you may know me from attending
many of the various bicycle shows in the northeast. More than likely you knew my father Jack Kowal who was the un-official
historian for the Columbia factory and took many interested people on tours through the plant and museum in Westfield. Over
the years Jack Kowal became known as MrColumbia in the bicycle community.
Having worked on and off at
Columbia since 1946, Jack had collected volumes of information in the form of catalogs, ads and sales flyers. He also had
access to the "Columbia Vaults" and was able to do valuable research on the history of the company. Thankfully
he wrote most of this information down.
In 1979 I went to work at the Columbia factory in Westfield Mass. The next
year my father went back to work there as well. This was the start of a hobby that we would share for nearly 30 years.
It is my goal to share the research, pictures and other bits of Columbia history with the bicycle community and
continue the MrColumbia legacy.
|Here I am a "few" years ago with my first Whizzer