I read with sadness that Bill Bush, NHT speaker designer under Ken Kantor for many years, died in February of this year. Bill was a very talented and bright loudspeaker designer, and he designed many products for NHT and Acoustic Research during his many years with NHT in Benicia, California. Bill was also a very kind, friendly and honest individual with a great sense of humor, and I enjoyed spending time with him out in California at the AR/NHT plant in the late 1990s. Bill helped me get the AR Archives shipped back to the east coast in 1998, and without his help—and Recoton's legal counsel—getting these this archives would have been an impossible task. I first met Bill during the 1994 "AR 40th Birthday Party," in New York, celebrating this milestone. He was very curious about AR's great history and accomplishments.
Bill made many contributions to AR and NHT. He was the designer of the famous NHT1259 woofer, and I think that he was very involved in the overall development of Ken Kantor's excellent NHT 3.3 loudspeaker, one of the finest speakers ever designed. Bill was also very closely involved with the development and design of the Acoustic Research 303 and 303A speakers. Some have suggested that he designed them, but at least he was very involved with their development. Bill did the complete shakedown check of my early pair of AR-3a speakers to be used by Julian Hirsch of Hirsch-Houck Labs during his 1995 test in Stereo Review magazine.
Bill was a kind-hearted, unselfish man with great talent and intellect!