All In the Family
After their father's death, Casey and Pam Crane steer the next generation of Ken Crane's Home Entertainment into the 22nd century
By Natalie Hope McDonald
Ken Crane used to tell people that everything he learned about life, he learned from the cornfields of his native Indiana. To listen to his daughter Pam Crane tell the story, however, her father's vision was anything but simple. Even though Ken, Sr. died last year at the age of 86, many Midwestern values remain evident today in this family-run, Southern California-based chain. Ken Crane, after all, founded his first dealership in 1948 thanks to not only a vision, but also a $3,500 loan from his own parents.