Television will be 100 years old in 2027, and preparations are now underway for what we’re calling…
INTERNATIONAL PHILO T. FARNSWORTH DAY
SEPTEMBER 7, 1927 – 2027
TO CELEBRATE THE FIRST 100 YEARS OF ELECTRONIC VIDEO!
Every video screen on the planet – including the one you are looking at right now – can trace its origins to a sketch that 14-year-old Philo T. Farnsworth drew for his high school science teacher in 1922.
It was four years before the teenager found an investor willing take a flyer on his idea, and another year before he produced his first results.
On Sept 7, 1927 Farnsworth succeeded in transmitting a simple image from the bottom of one empty bottle to the bottom of another in the next room. It was at that moment that true, electronic video – a system that replaced mechanical contraptions with the electron itself – arrived on Earth.
Farnsworth’s seminal, pivotal contribution to human evolution has gone largely overlooked and neglected for a variety of reasons: He was never inclined to dwell on his past achievements. There were plenty of others willing to take the credit. And most importantly, he was not survived by a company that could continue his legacy as his invention became the most ubiquitous appliance on the planet.
We have four years now to prepare to correct the oversight.
Electronic video – television – will be 100 years old in 2027. Let’s start planning the Centennial Celebration now.
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