Robert E. Peterson

September 10, 1926 – March 23, 2007 (80)
California

  • Robert E. Peterson Publisher
  • Jan 1948 Hot Rod magazine started
  • Motor Trend
  • 1958 – Guns & Ammo Magazine
    – added a “Keep & Bear Arms” section
  • Ken Elliot
  • 1970s Petersen Motorama Cars of the Stars on Hollywood Boulevard
  • June 1994 Petersen Automotive Museum opened
  • 1996 sold his company for $450 million
  • 2000 the museum separated from the Natural History Museum
    – independent entity owned by the Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation
  • Oct 8, 2010 donated 400 gun collection to the NRA National Firearms Museum
    – Display opened in October
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