At Last: Philo in the TV Hall of Fame

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At Last: Philo in the TV Hall of Fame

Post by Paul_Schatzkin » Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:43 pm

I think I have neglected to mention this here (just posted it to and the front page of

On March 11, Philo T. Farnsworth will be inducted into the Television Academy's "Hall of Fame" for "... inventing all-electronic television transmission..."

Given my personal history of snarky skepticism whenever the TV establishment tries to toss a bouquet Farnsworth's way, I'm naturally wondering how they will manage to twist that statement into something less monumental than it really was at the time, but I'm determined not to spoil the occasion by insisting they get all the details right.

Despite that fact that Aaron Sorkin will be presenting the citation to the Farnsworth family:

Still, it will be interesting to see if they manage this time to stop equivocating and admit that, yeah, the guy invented the damn thing...

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Re: At Last: Philo in the TV Hall of Fame

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:39 pm

What's left of the Farnsowrth family to present the award to? One of the sons, I guess. Are there grandchildren?

You know they'll get it wrong, have no fear. The moment of fame will be as with all such hurrahs, short lived and long overdue.

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