Earl "Madman" Muntz
and self-taught electronic engineer
. Designer of the Muntz Jet
and Inventor of the Muntz Stereo Pack
which directly inspired the 8-track tape
player (Bill Lear
In the late forties, Muntz got into the TV set business by creating "city only" TV sets for people who lived close enough to the broadcast antennas that meant reception circuitry could be simplified, and thus built cheaper by eliminating fringe reception circuitry.
"Muntzing" (syn. featurectomy, bumming) refers to the technique where he would look his engineer's design prototypes, study the design, pull out a wire cutter (he always carried one in his shirt pocket), and *snip* off what he estimated was a superfluous component.
If the prototype still functioned, this process continued until the prototype ceased to function properly and then the last-trimmed component would be re-installed.
There is a bad side to all this, of course. These Muntz TV sets sometimes lacked essential adjustments like, say fine tuning. Other adjustments, usually adjustable with potentiometers, were calibrated in the factory and replaced with a fixed resistor. This meant a TV set that would start to go bad as aging made the component values drift.
Cheaper at first, but more expensive to repair. Gee, doesn't that sound familiar? Muntzing is what gave the world Winmodems and Winprinters.