Sandor was born in Sklabina, Slovakia back in 1879. His family emigrated to Chicago when he was five. As a young man, he was an amateur boxer fighting under the name of “Dan Donnelly”. He won several amateur championships at the Chicago Athletic Association.
His first real job was selling newspapers, eventually he became a reporter for the Chicago Morning News. In 1904, at the suggestion of a friend he began selling cars, although he couldn’t drive. And as they say the rest is history. He had an epiphany due to all the trade-ins for newer models. So, he founded the Yellow Cab Company in Chicago in 1915. The distinctive yellow cabs became popular, which he franchised throughout the United States.
BTW Sandor Herz changed his name to John D. Hertz. Not only did he start the Yellow Cab Company he also started the Yellow Coach Manufacturing Company and acquired a rental car business renaming it the Hertz Drive-Ur-Self Corporation. Now that is not where he stopped as he was also a horse racing enthusiast. He bought a horse farm near Cary, Illinois and several more throughout the United States. Two of his horses were in ducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. One last note he fronted the City of Chicago $34,000.00 to install the city’s first traffic lights on Michigan Avenue. He died in 1961 at 82. Not bad, not bad at all. Remember to keep a smile on your face, a penny in your pocket, you’ll be richer than most people on the planet.