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old_tv_nut
05-09-2014, 09:55 PM
Recently passed, one of the pioneers of LCD flat panels and major contributor to the development of digital TV standards, Bernard (Bernie) J. Lechner:

http://vimeo.com/94460999

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_J._Lechner

Sandy G
05-09-2014, 11:26 PM
I had one granny who was born in 1889, passed in 1992 the other one was born in 1898, & died in 2002. I was a FOOL to not ever record their recollections of "Years gone by".. What those 2 women saw in their lifetimes was unbelievable.. My mother's mom, the 1889 one, said the first time she saw an airplane, she figured from then on that ANYTHING was possible.

Eric H
05-10-2014, 12:23 AM
Sandy, can you imagine? Born when the Horse & Buggy were the normal form of transportation and by the time you died there were Computers, TV, Cars, Coast to Coast Highways, Space Exploration, Jet's etc...

We complain that things are changing too fast nowadays but at least when I was born we had all of these things already, just not as advanced as today.

Sandy G
05-10-2014, 09:39 AM
A guy I knew told me once that his Granny crossed the Mississippi twice-Once in a covered wagon/flatboat, the 2nd time in a 727.

etype2
05-10-2014, 10:55 AM
I remember my grandmas house in Joliet IL. She had a 5 acre home, picket fence, gravel road, big corn field on the other side, planked wood porch like in the old west towns, no indoor plumbing, an outhouse, in the kitchen we had to use a hand pump to get water, the stove had firewood under the burners, the refrigerator was an icebox. A guy would come three times a week to deliver a large block of ice. Coal was delivered for heat. They set up schutes from the road at a downward angle and gravity would covey the coal through a window in the basement. The workers faces and arms were covered in coal dust. She had electric lights, but that was a "new upgrade" because she had oil lamps throughout the house. No phone or TV. No A/C.

We had fun, I would be there in summer for two weeks, several years in a row in the mid 50's. I was 8 years old then. My grandma had plenty of fruit trees and a vine yard. We used to make the wine, pick the grapes, crush them in huge vats with our bare feet, let it ferment. At night we set huge Bon fires, sang songs and my parents got drunk. :-) Only problem was a language barrier, she spoke German. Great memories!

andy
05-10-2014, 12:36 PM
I had one granny who was born in 1889, passed in 1992 the other one was born in 1898, & died in 2002. I was a FOOL to not ever record their recollections of "Years gone by".. What those 2 women saw in their lifetimes was unbelievable.. My mother's mom, the 1889 one, said the first time she saw an airplane, she figured from then on that ANYTHING was possible.

It's interesting to read technology magazines from the 50's and 60's. Most of the writers have the outlook that anything is possible, and that the rate of advancement will continue to accelerate the way it did in the early and mid 20'th century. When you think about the changes they must have seen, you can see why they often made ludicrous predictions like 2001 style space stations and flying cars by the 80's or 90's.

I'm 35, and most of the changes I've seen have basically been improvements to existing things. A lot of that has just been cost reduction that made previously unaffordable things affordable.

I would say that the Internet is the only really new thing to come along in my lifetime. It used to be so hard or impossible to find basic information like schematics and data sheets. Now it's easy to collaborate with people from all over the world on discussion boards like this. Of course, much of that benefit is counteracted by the amount of time wasted on the Internet...

etype2
05-10-2014, 09:15 PM
Seeing my grand parents and my parents with so little in the way of modern conveniences and yet they were happy and enjoyed each other's company and with friends. They did not need cell phones, modern conveniences, etc. that we take for granted to be happy. I guess it is all relative generational wise.

I was one of those who read the old magazines, hang on the wall TV, 3D TV, Dick Tracy TV watch, etc. and I dreamed of such things. Now it is all a realty.

The computer and the internet makes everything super easy and fast. Instant gratification. The picture phone shown at the 1960 world fair is a reality through the internet. Back in the day information was in books and magazines. If you wanted to review and see the best color televisions, you had to get in a car and travel all over town to the dealers to see the sets.

As I get older, now 68, family members and friends are dying off. When I attend their funerals, the young kids don't know how to interact. They get bored and bury their heads in their cell phones. Some of them can't even construct a sentence or spell from all the texting. Pretty sad.