August 2013

The Magic Fluke

Can you guess which BerkShares business owes its existence to a fluke at a flea market? Phyllis Webb says The Magic Fluke Company would never have happened if her brother—a guitar player in the music industry—had not found a vintage ukulele at an L.A. flea market and realized “Gee, I could do with four strings what I’ve been doing all my life with six.” After this epiphany, he challenged Phyllis’ husband Dale, an engineer, to make a ukulele. Within a few weeks, Dale had left his job in the corporate world and started redesigning the ukulele; Dale’s prototypes were hand-molded and baked in the family toaster oven.