Celebrate SSI’s 40th Anniversary With These Classic Cartoons

In honor of SSI’s 40th anniversary, take a stroll down memory lane with these classic cartoons from the publication’s days as Alarm Installer & Dealer.

As we close the books on Security Sales & Integration‘s 40th year this month, let’s take one more look back to the 1980s when, under the oversight of then Alarm Installer & Dealer magazine Founder Bob Bargert published an amusing industry-themed cartoon each issue month.

Longtime readers no doubt fondly remember those illustrated moments of levity, which were contributed by Joe Lanier, whose son Chris Lanier currently serves as president of the manufacturer’s rep firm LRG.

Several of those golden cartoons are revived in slideshow format here as a tribute to both SSI‘s and Lanier’s legacies. Joe Lanier, 81, has long since retired but was kind enough to provide us with the following background on his second life as a security industry cartoonist …

“My mother was an accomplished water color artist, but what little talent I inherited leaned toward doodling in school. I later served in the military air police, followed by law enforcement work. Then the grass looked greener in the burglar alarm biz, so I became an installing dealer. Later jumped the fence to the wholesale supply side. That was followed by a field sales slot with Moose Products, and later the old FBI firm. Those companies sold to Aritech and Pittway, but I was fortunate enough to establish my own independent sales rep company for 10 years prior to retiring. I was able through most of these backgrounds to enjoy cartooning as a part time hobby with sales to some police and security trade journals. I especially developed a friendship with security publisher Bob Bargert, and he was kind enough to regularly publish my efforts.”

Step back in time and check out the cartoons here!

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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One response to “Celebrate SSI’s 40th Anniversary With These Classic Cartoons”

  1. Dear Jeff:
    What be your email address?
    I would like to send you a short history of my company….
    Joe Pfefer
    President & Founder
    Jade Alarm Co.
    Kansas City, Mo
    *2019 will mark 50-years of service!
    **I remember going to Washington with the NFBAA group to pigeon hole the representatives when the ‘Baby Bell’ issue getting into our industry occurred! WOW!! THEM WERE THE DAYS!!!

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