Homer e. Caphart was born in 1897, joined the Holcomb and Hoke Manufacturing Company in the early 1920's, and quickly became their top salesman selling "ButterKist" popcorn wagons.

In 1927, Capehart came across Thomas W. Small, who invented an automatic record changer that played one side of a stack or records, turned the stack over, and played the other side. Capehart purchased the invention for $500, but when he showed Holcomb and Hoke the invention, they fired him because it competed with the Electramuse Automatic Music Machine that they were selling.

Capehart, therefore, went into business for himself, attracted a few investors, joined with a furniture maker and, formed in February 1928, the Automatic Phonograph Corporation to introduce the Orchestrope, the first phonograph that could play both sides of 28 rpm records. It was an immediate success.

The road to success, however, is not an easy road. During the summer monhs the heat warped the records and the weight of the stack of 28 rpm records caused the bottom record to crack. Hundreds of Orchestropes were returned by upset customers.

Capehart solved the problem by buying another patent for a mechanism that held each record in trays. He replaced every Orchestrope he sold.

After finding some new investors, Capehart opened a new factory in 1929 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It employed 300 workers and produced 25 jukeboxes a day. Sales were so good that Capehart started to expand into the home phonograph market. It wasn't long before Capehart was called the "Steinway" of the phonograph industry.

Then came the depression, and two years later in 1932, Capehart was forced to sell his company.

Beaten, but not defeated, he didn't give up. When Capehart came across a new invention developed by the Simplex Manufacturing Company, called the Multi-Selector, which allowed a person to push a button to select the record he wanted to listen to. Capehart bought the rights to it. Capehart sold the selector to the Wurlitizer Manufacturing Company for a position in the Company, as general sales manager, and a percentage of the profits.

Jukebox sales soared. Even in the depression people could afford a nickel for a song. Capehart drew on his experience as a sales man and propelled Wurlitizer into a multi-million dollar company. In 1933, when Capehart joined Wurlitzer, it sold only 3000 jukeboxes. In 1936, it sold 44,000 jukeboxes. Needless to say, Capehart became a millionaire.