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At the February 17, 2010 meeting...
First in a Series

There was a last-moment change from planned speaker Ralph H Baer. Last minute health issues prevented Mr. Baer from being with us, but we will re-schedule with him at a time in the not-to-distant future.

Thus, our 'Stand By' Pioneer Retrospective offering featured selected clips and kinescope recordings of Joseph Roizen, the noted author, consultant and technologist for Ampex and Telegen, of Palo Alto.

Selected clips and discussion included the entire 'Kitchen Debate' with Nikita Kruschev and Vice President Richard M. Nixon at a 1959 Moscow Trade Exhibition. We saw the entire short event taped with an RCA TK-41B camera and an Ampex VR-1000C quad VTR, complete with the camera loosing sweeps during the telecast.

Other world-class video clips of how television was being done in the early days of the 1950s and early 1960s in Japan, Sweden, England, Singapore, France and other clips.

SMPTE members were be encouraged to participate in an open discussion as we screened these clips and revisited these olden golden days of broadcast television.

The 'stand-in' Presenter/Host for this evening event was Paul R. Beck, representing Emerson College and the Museum of Broadcast Technology

Posted: 5 August 2010
Bob Lamm, SMPTE/New England Newsletter/Web Page Editor