Whether he write, to create, produce, or art, Phil, save nick is above all a storyteller.
He is an expert in the archiving of entertainment history, and then the compilation of the best moments of film and TV in a window, in which the world can look. He has three Emmy nominations to prove it.
Self-described as an artist, filmmaker, writer and mother, he keeps a healthy sense of humor about his adoration for the television. But his highest respect for the media and entertainment in General, can not be denied. His house is not decorated, and the honor only his own art, TV, but also relics maintained, including Mary Tyler Moore’s hat, Bob Hope golf ball and vintage television from each decade, since it was invented.
So then, who better to honor and preserve the estate of the inventor of the first electronic television, Philo Farnsworth? (Save nick, the house also contains a healthy Shrine to Farnsworth, including its scientific journals, and original inventions, which were sent to him from the Farnsworth family.) In 2017, the 90-year mark since Farnsworth image dissector-tube transmitted from the first electronic image and the world since it was the same.
But as much as this is a story about Farnsworth, save nick is equally important. Because while Farnsworth manipulated literally electrons into visible light, save nick in this light helps to cast in a historical sense, and the people, see, the genius behind this tragically underrated inventor and visionary.
What is your background?
I grew up with television. And I love television. All of my best friends from childhood, all of my most important childhood teacher, were all these people on TV. I spent about 35 years as a TV writer, producer, Director and editor.
I realized that we all had common memories and common frame of reference. We was kind of what we saw on TV. I’m not saying now that we will have the all of the, Indians, chiefs or cowboys or astronauts, but we were inspired by the things we saw. There were things that we saw on TV, we could not in experience, not in a million years.
They have written and produced many great TV compilations. Tell us something about it.
20, I began to do a lot of programs on the history of cinema, film studios, TV stations, and the history of television. And all of them have started to realize that I television better than any other.
In 1989, I was one of the producers of the Emmys, and I said, depending on how you count it, this could exhibition of its 50-year anniversary of the television, if you assume it was introduced to the world of 1939.
What do you think it is on TV, so the special is?
I began to fall in love with the boxes. It turns out that if I wanted to collect, Rembrandt-painting, I couldn’t afford. But if I wanted to collect, black and white television, I would be the king of the world. They had no value, since we are not a society that revered old electronics. So I started to collect early television.
Certainly, the things that happened in the TV, you get the feeling that anything was possible. And what I found out later – the idea that anything is possible – where is the TV to start with.
This is where Philo Farnsworth?
The television was invented by a teenager. He lived on a farm without electricity. There was no air travel. He had not even used a telephone. But what he had were science-fiction magazines, stimulated his imagination.
It was clean an old Delco generator, he managed to repair it and it was the generation of electrons. And this teenager fascinated by electrons. His task was to plow a field all day, dawn, dusk, riding behind those horses, making lines in the dirt.
One day, out of this combination of electrons, science fiction, and the lines in the dirt, he began to see images in the lines. He decided to with 14, if he could train to do an electron, what have the horse, go to the end of the row and turn back, then he could send pictures through the air.
The next year he started high school. Philo moved the image of the first camera. He said it will be like a vessel, and the regular lens is that the focus on an optical disk He would magnets produce a vacuum with an electric and a scanner, scan the images one at a time. And he would convert you draw the image it into an electronic image and send it as a track of the electron. When it reaches the receiver, it would be put back together in a line at a time, to make the image.
The teacher saved this drawing of the first TV camera.
How did you tell so involved in his story?
To realize in the year 1989, as we celebrated the 50-year, as if the television began in 1939, I started that kind of a sham. Since RCA had told the public, the television would be invented. And they sent their press releases, Encyclopedia Britannica, and all news sources.
It was not a patent?
Now, it is not a matter for the public, the patent. What mattered was what you read in the Newspapers and magazines. So basically, if the Encyclopedia Britannica is a press release published by RCA, you have to forget history.
As you have to help bring this to light?
In 2004, I think, they celebrated the 75th anniversary of television, the Emmys. Gary Smith was the producer. I said to him, “the television was invented by Philo Farnsworth. His wife, Elma, is still alive. She is 92. Why don’t you invite at the very least, you will if you are gonna pay tribute?” And they did it.
And I followed and found her in the ladies toilet. Every single person that came out of the ladies room, I said, “You know, this is the mother of television?” Your man invented it, he is the father obviously. But if he showed a TV camera to a human for the first time, who do you think he shows it?