By Kent Larsen
Arthur Hardman, Founder of Second Largest LDS Publisher
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Arthur Hardman, founder of what has become
the second largest provider of LDS products, Covenant Communications,
died November 26th in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 86. Hardman ran
Covenant, then known as Covenant Recordings, from its beginings in
1958 until he sold it to its current owners in 1977.
Hardman, an Etna, Wyoming native, was born September 7, 1914. He went
through a variety of experiences, serving in World War II in Europe
and working as a firefighter at Hill Air Force base near Ogden, Utah.
He also owned and operated Hardman Auto Sales in Sunset, Utah.
According to his family, Hardman founded Covenant to produce
word-for-word narrations of the LDS scriptures, at first selling them
as "Gold" records. The firm started with door-to-door sales and
slowly built its sales to stable levels. In 1977, Hardman sold the
business to its current owner, Lou Kofford.
Covenant has since broadened its product line to include a full range
of LDS products, including book publishing, which started in 1985. It
now employs 25 people producing 40 new titles each year. Its
best-known books include the "Tennish Shoes Among the Nephites"
series, books by LDS author Anita Stansfield, and the recent
blockbuster, "Between Husband and Wife."
Salt Lake Tribune 29Nov00 B2
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