STORY OF THE BOY WHO INVENTED TELEVISION

Filo Farnsworth’s story began just prior to his birth when his father, Lewis Farnsworth kissed his pregnant wife and, saying the cows had to be milked, picked up his lighted lantern, milk bucket, and left the cabin. ‑As Lewis walked toward the corral in the gathering dusk, he thought of his young wife Serena, she had married him after the death of his first wife Amelia, and had been a good mother to his two sons and two daughters. ‑Now Serena was due to give birth to their first child.

As Lewis pulled back the top fence pole to climb into the corral, he heard a voice call his name. Turning he saw what appeared to be his first wife Amelia, standing a few feet away. ‑Lewis rubbed his eyes and shook his head. ‑As he reopened his eyes, the apparition began to speak. “I have come to tell you that Serena’s child is one of God’s special spirits; great care should be taken in his upbringing.” ‑Lewis started toward her, but having delivered her message, Amelia faded from sight, leaving Lewis shaken and still unable to trust his senses. ‑However, by the time he had finished the milking, he knew that, while Amelia was an apparition, her message was not only real, but must have been of great significance to bring her to him.

Philo Taylor Farnsworth was born August 19th, 1906, to Lewis Edwin and Serena Amanda Bastian Farnsworth at a place called Indian Creek near Beaver Utah, in the log cabin built by his paternal grandfather, the first Philo Taylor Farnsworth who trekked West across the plains from Nauvoo Illinois, to the Rocky Mountains in the 1840’s. ‑The first Philo had been ordained bishop by Brigham Young and sent with other pioneer families to build the town of Beaver in 1856 from what was formerly known as sagebrush flats.

The question is often asked, “How could a fourteen-year-old farm boy ever invent something so technically complex as television? ‑As improbable as it seems, young Philo did it, and at a time when large companies like RCA were spending millions on television transmission by spinning mechanical discs; was so unlikely as to be ludicrous. ‑Philo made the first modern electronic television transmission on September 7th, 1927 at age twenty-one, in his simple loft-laboratory at 202 Green Street San Francisco. ‑The image was simply a line, but Philo proved his point.

Not quite a year later, Philo demonstrated two-dimensional television transmissions during a press conference held on September 2nd, 1928. ‑

 

To be continued…

The Waynedale News Staff

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