Leslie Moonves, Al Michaels, Bob Schieffer, Dick Wolf, Ron Howard and the late Philo Farnsworth, who invented electronic television, were honored at ceremonies Monday night in Los Angeles that drew a glittering industry crowd.
If not for Farnsworth, you’d probably be selling shoes. Considered by many to be the father of television, he was born on this day in 1906. Although he made many contributions that were crucial to the early development of all-electronic television, he is perhaps best known for inventing the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the “image dissector”; the first complete all-electronic television system; and for being the first person to demonstrate such a system to the public. He died on March 11, 1971.