HI! This post 8 will feature engineers, executives, and others whom you may have known and recall with pleasure-- and perhaps a little sadness for those who have shuffled off this mortal coil. (The last phrase was said by Shakespeare's Hamlet.!
Walter H. Brattain, co-inventor of the transistor
Karl Ferdinand Braun, inventor of the cathode ray tube
A senior scientist with Zenith Electronics Corp. for more than 50 years, Eilers began his career working on subscription television technology in 1948. During the 1950s, he turned his attention to developing the stereophonic frequency modulation radio broadcast system that is now in use around the globe.
While seemingly mundane in today's digital world, Eilers stereo FM innovations meant that, for the first time, radio stations could transmit two stereophonic channels with full high-fidelity on each channel, signals that could also be received by existing monophonic FM receivers without loss of quality.
Likewise, Eilers' advances in MTS (multichannel television sound) and SAP (secondary audio programming) have enhanced the television viewing experience. Thus, Eilers holds a unique place in the annals of consumer electronics technology history as co-inventor of two key industry standards --stereo FM radio and MTS stereo TV. Eilers, who led development of Zenith's Emmy Award-winning MTS stereo TV system, adopted by the industry in 1984, has been working on high-definition television (HDTV) in recent years.
A lifelong member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Eilers has received many industry honors for his work, including the IEEE Fellow Award, the Masaura Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award, the Audio Engineering Society Fellow Award and the R&D100 Award. Eilers had been granted 17 U.S. patents.
In the spring of 2013, The Broadcast Technology Society Newsletter of the IEEE featured an article by Wayne C. Luplow and John I. Taylor titled “Channel Surfing Redux.” The article provided a brief history of the TV remote control and included a tribute to its co inventors, Gene Polley and Robert Adler. (Note: In Post 4, this blog also described the early work of the two inventors in the creation of the remote control system. )
You gave me a real fright!
The Bat Wing Clock Radio was soon withdrawn from the market. Perhaps the designers had learned that there were such displays as “Nixie” tubes, which are gas-discharge tubes designed to display numbers, an ideal system for clock radio displays.
Another of the special products of Zenith was the “Cable Box” which is designed to convert the television signals from a cable into signals usable by a television set. It seems many of the boxes were stored in a warehouse in preparation for shipping. The warehouse was infested heavily those insects that have been around since the dinosaurs roamed the earth—cockroaches-- La Cucuracha! One day, a mother cockroach decided that a cable box was an ideal repository for her eggs, and she proceeded to lay a great many of them inside one of the boxes.
Bob Podowski sent in a notice that will interest you--
From: IEEE eNotice <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM
Subject: Historical Zenith Radio Technology event: June 18th at 7 PM To: email@example.com
If you have an interest in the history of old time radio, check out this program offered by the Mount Prospect Public Library on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 PM.
In 1924, the Zenith Broadcasting Station established two radio towers in Mount Prospect. Big band talent of that era would come out to the station to play for the Chicago area radio audience. Lindsey Rice, Director of the Mount Prospect Historical Society will talk about the towers and the man who operated them. He was later to become the Vice President of Research and Development for Zenith. Registration is required.
Call the library at 747-253-5675 to register.
Mount Prospect Public Library
10 S Emerson St, Mt Prospect, IL 60056
So mark your calendars for June 18, 7 pm, at the Mount Prospect Public Library.
And here is another place of interest for those who delight in early radio and television. This one is located in Chicago at the place indicated on the map below.
So . . . Mizpah until next time.