Sad news to report this morning. The inventer of the teleprompter has passed away:

Hubert Schlafly created the teleprompter, the device that helps actors and politicians read scripts on television without looking down. Then he helped develop the satellite and cable networks that sent their words around the globe.

Mr. Schlafly, an engineer who died April 20 at age 91, created the teleprompter in 1950 in partnership with Fred Barton, a Broadway actor who imagined a tool that would eliminate human prompters.

He leaves behind a wife, three kids, nine grandchildren, and one presidency. If you see the flag outside the White House flying at half staff, now you know why. The president is expected to cancel his speeches for the remainder of the week until TOTUS is finished mourning.

More on the life of Mr. Schlafly here.

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4 Responses to “Mourning at the White House: Inventor of the Teleprompter Dies at 91”

  1. Marshall_Will on April 26th, 2011 12:26 pm

    "Mr. Schlafly considered his greatest contribution to be a 26-foot transportable satellite dish. To show its potential, Mr. Schlafly worked on one of the first satellite broadcasts, the "Thrilla in Manila" boxing match between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali in 1975."

    Wow, what a guy. Certainly in a league w/ Westinghouse, Edison and Marconi! Sometime back MM did a great article on Jerome Murray, a great inventor that never really got his due. ( Invented the peristaltic pump among 75 other Patents! )

  2. Scott B on April 26th, 2011 2:50 pm

    "…a tool that would eliminate human prompters."

    So, technology eliminated yet MORE JOBS? Un-freakin-believable!

  3. backwoods on April 26th, 2011 5:03 pm

    When asked for comments Obama replied, "I'm speechless."

  4. Doug on April 29th, 2011 12:39 pm

    Hey backwoods, you might have been ripped off:
    http://twitter.com/#!/hopeforamerica/status/63975

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