What an amazing man!
The story of RCA's appropriation of Farnsworth's patents contrary to a
STANDING COURT RULING is a great American tragedy.
Shame on David Sarnoff.
Bill Bryson recommends"The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit and the Birth of Television"
by Evan I. Schwartz
excerpt from chapter 27 of Bryson's "One Summer : America, 1927" 2013
(it's easier to get forgiveness than permission)
RCA essentially ignored the ruling. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair it demonstrated a working television that was entirely dependent on Farnsworth patents, for which it had neither made payment nor secured permission. After years of further wrangling, RCA finally agreed to pay Farnsworth $ 1 million and a royalty on every television sold. However, Farnsworth’s most valuable patents ran out in the late 1940s , just as TV was about to take off, so he never got anything like the full measure of wealth to which he was rightly entitled. In 1950, Sarnoff secured a promise from the Radio and Television Manufacturers Association of America that it would refer to him henceforth as “the Father of Television” and to Vladimir Zworykin as “the Inventor of Television.” Farnsworth was effectively expunged from the record. Farnsworth retired to Maine and descended into alcoholism. He died in March 1971, drunk, depressed, and forgotten. He was sixty-four years old. The New York Times, in its obituary, referred to him not as the inventor of television, but as a “pioneer in the design of television.” Sarnoff died later that same year at the venerable age of eighty. After television, Vladimir Zworykin helped invent the electron microscope. He survived Sarnoff and Farnsworth by eleven years, dying in 1982 the day before his ninety-third birthday . In an interview in 1974, he claimed never to watch television because it was so mindless, and said that his greatest contribution to television technology was the invention of the off switch. In fact, the off switch was invented by Philo Farnsworth and was part of his earliest patent.
Bryson is bloody brilliant.OUTSTANDING
:http://theliteraryunderground.org/wiki/https://scholar.google.com/the poetry of CLARK COOLIDGE
MAYBE JUST WEIRD, HAVEN'T CHECKED IT OUT :http://www.counterexamplepoetics.com/https://m.youtube.com/#/user/LiberoCinemaUndergr
Andrew Thomas is REALLY beginning to irritate me.
His books are informative but he seems to be trying to shoehorn multiple theories
into what amounts to a philosophical framework. A case could be made for the
fundamental dishonesty of such an approach. Thomas makes his agenda plain
so it is not a matter of him being deliberately deceptive, it just ain't
necessarily science. This would certainly be a bad precedent for a
series of books meant to educate the general public
I wonder what ROGER PENROSE thinks of Thomas and his house of cards.
BOOKS I WANNA READ :SHOWDOWN : Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America
another book on Thurgood Marshall that I DID read (scout's honor) :DEVIL IN THE GROVE : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
it froze my soul. still does.
(Kirkus starred review)
in a similar vein, currently taking this one bite at a time. it ain't easy :AT THE HANDS OF PERSONS UNKNOWN : The Lynching of Black America
Philip Dray 2002
(Kirkus starred review)
excerpt from Kirkus review :
"Is it possible for white America to really understand blacks’ distrust of the legal system, their fear of racial profiling and the police, without understanding how cheap a black life was for so long a time in our nation’s history?” asks Dray (African-American History/New School), who suggests the answer is no and draws on recent scholarship that sees lynching as a systematic means of maintaining white power.ARTICLE
on Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar", wormholes and the problematic aesthetics of theory.http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... ths-droneshttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/s ... syria-iraqhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/s ... o-far-awayhttp://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read