Archive for May, 2007

Two RCA members enter ‘Wireless Hall of Fame’

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Jay Kitchen, Arlene Harris are inducted

Jay Kitchen and Arlene Harris.

Two members of the Radio Club of America have been inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame, a joint effort of RCR Wireless News, CTIA and the Industrial Telecommunications Association.

Arlene Harris, co-founder and CEO of GreatCall, and Jay Kitchen, best known for his time as president of the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) and the National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER), were named as the two inductees for 2007.

Arlene joined RCA in 1982 and became a Fellow in 1987. Jay joined RCA in 1971 and became a Fellow in 1979. He also serves on RCA’s board of directors.

Roger Deforest maintains website about DeForest radios

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Lee de Forest, Ph.D., is Roger’s great-grandfather’s cousin

Roger Deforest
Roger Deforest

On May 16, I sent some RCA members a message that included information regarding a book about Lee de Forest, Ph.D., that Maurice Zouary wrote. I mentioned that he is rewriting the book in hopes of widening its appeal and attracting interest from Hollywood to make a movie based on the work. See my blog entry about Maurice’s book, just before this one.

Now, I’m going to go on a tangent. In January 2006, when I was researching the DeForest Pioneers (an organization that merged with RCA in 1983), I came across a distant relative of Dr. de Forest’s: Roger Deforest. Yes, there is yet another way to spell the name: “Deforest.” (more…)

Maurice Zouary plans new book about Lee de Forest, Ph.D.

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Book to emphasize de Forest’s invention of sound-on-film

Maurice H. Zouary

He probably is the last surviving member of the DeForest Pioneers, Maurice Zouary is. In the 1950s, two organizations sprang up within a year of one another to memorialize and perpetuate the names of two inventors of electronics technology that shaped the world of radio, today also known as wireless communications — and including radio and television broadcasting. First, admirers of Lee de Forest, Ph.D., started the DeForest Pioneers, and soon thereafter, admirers of Maj. Edwin H. Armstrong formed the Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation. (more…)

RCA Texas Dinner draws 40 to hear John Melcher

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Nancy Smith, John Melcher, Carroll Hollingsworth and Keith Bickley at the RCA Texas Dinner, April 17, 2007

On April 17, RCA conducted its first Texas Dinner. The Texas Event Committee, chaired by Carroll Hollingsworth, an RCA director, organized the dinner.

“We had over 40 people there. It was well attended, with twice as many as we expected,” said Nancy Smith, who is a member of RCA and Texas APCO. The RCA function was held during the Texas APCO State Conference and Exposition April 15-18 at the Waco Convention Center in Waco, Texas. (more…)

Frisbie Museum

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Frisbie Museum.

Thank-you to RCA for distributing my story about the Frisbie Museum in its May 14 e-newsletter. The story was long in the making, with the effort to gather and prepare the information and photographs stretching out for more than a year. Thank-you also to RCA members (all Fellows, actually) Ronald E. Frisbie; Max de Henseler, Ph.D., HB9RS; and Alfred H. Grebe Jr. for helping with the story. Now that RCA distributed it, I placed a copy on a web page devoted to the Frisbie Museum where you can see it if you like.