Ok on-air personalities, this one’s for you. Time to give thanks to someone who has no doubt saved your butt on more than one occasion.
Hubert J. ‘Hub’ Schlafly Jr., who invented the teleprompter, died late last week at the age of 91.
He died of an undisclosed illness at a Connecticut hospital.
The idea for the teleprompter came from Broadway actor Fred Barton in the late 1940s, after he needed help remembering his lines.
The first version was a motorised scroll of paper inside a suitcase with actors’ lines printed on half-inch letters and controlled manually by a stagehand.
But a more technical device was used for the first time on CBS soap opera The First Hundred Years in 1950. It went on to be used in The Tonight Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, but became mainstream in 1952 when former president Herbert Hoover used it to deliver a speech at the Republican National Convention.
Schlafly Jr went on to win two Emmy Awards for his technical achievements.
Let’s hear it for Hubert!
Source: Hollywood Reporter