Pem’s Moment at the Emmy’s

I was just poking around YouTube and found this footage that somebody has posted from the 2002 Emmy Awards Telecast, when Pem Farnsworth, aka "The Mother of Television" was introduced to the industry that she and her husband were instrumental in starting.


I for one still cannot quite comprehend why it was necessary to diminish this moment for Pem by including a nod toward David Sarnoff by introducing his son Tom, who just happened at the time to be the chairman of the Television Academy or some such thing.  But it does seem to underscore the idea that these two names are for ever united in this "death struggle" over who launched the industry that now cradles all our "living room dreams."

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  • None of the links to Farnsworth chronicles site work. I teach television broadcasting to eithth graders and they really need to see the History. Can you help?

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