(Dave Montgomery, ever the sharp eye out for unique things, sent this along a few days ago...Mr. Farnesworth's birthday was last week and I didn't check my e-mail until Monday, August 22.)
By Alex Weprin on August 20, 2011 3:10 PM
Without the inventions of Philo T. Farnsworth, there may not have ever been an ABC, Fox News or MTV. While the invention of television was almost certainly inevitable (plenty of inventors were working on it) Farnsworth was the first to demonstrate a working version. As TVNewsCheck notes, he was also the first person to demonstrate an all-electronic image pickup device, the precursor to video cameras.
Yesterday Farnsworth would have turned 105, but his inventions live on every time you turn on CNN, or Food Network, or NBC, or ESPN.
Below, watch Farnsworth in a 1957 episode of “I’ve Got a Secret.”
'By the time television became a household appliance, the name of its inventor was sufficiently lost to the public that he could appear on a TeeVee game show in 1957 and not a soul would recognize him.'
(Many of us grew up watching interesting, wholesome, entertaining television, even learing something from it...nowadays, in my opinion, there's so much trash TV, I hardly watch anything unless it is of a learning nature. What Hollywood has to offer ain't worth a hill o' beans- again, my opinion.
Thank you, Mr. Farnsworth, for bringing us this interesting medium, nonetheless...and thank you Dave, for passing this along!
You can find even more interesting things about Mr. Farnsworth at this archive:
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