Sep 7, 2017

TV turns 90 today

Philo T. Farnsworth, San Francisco-based inventor of the television, poses in New York in 1930 (AP)

A live webcast today will celebrate the transmission of the first electronic TV signal on Sept. 7, 1927, and the man behind it, Philo T. Farnsworth, per AP:

  • The webcast (here) is set for 6 p.m. ET from the original location of Farnsworth's San Francisco lab. It'll be repeated at 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • Veteran producer Phil Savenick created the site to detail the medium's history and the contributions of Farnsworth and other TV pioneers.
  • The website includes a "virtual museum" of photos, videos and stories.
  • In the 1930s, Farnsworth waged a successful legal battle to be recognized as the inventor of electronic television.
  • The largely unsung scientist, a Utah native, died in 1971 at age 64.
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