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Philadelphia SMPTE Meeting Notice

Guests and Non-members welcome

Thursday, January 12th, 2017
5:30pm – Refreshments  (courtesy Sony)
6:00pm – Presentation, followed by quick facility tour

Admission Fee:
No charge

Special Events Room (use Tour Entrance)
1200 Wilson Drive
West Chester, PA 19380

Vic Florio – QVC

Mark Schubin

Presentation: Breaking the Vision Barrier: Why Television Research Began in 1877 and Why No One Knows It.

Prior to 1877, there was no hint of a television camera — not even in science fiction or fantasy. In 1877, eight people, in five countries on both sides of the Atlantic, began working on television systems, and there has not been a year since without television research (though the word “television,” itself, wasn’t coined until 1900). Why the “vision barrier” between 1876 and 1877? How did it get broken? Why don’t television history books discuss it? After extensive research, Mr. Schubin thinks he knows the answers.

Presenter: Mark Schubin

Multiple Emmy award-winning SMPTE Fellow Mark Schubin has been working professionally in television since 1967 and writing about it since 1972. His blog,, is archived by the Library of Congress.

To help us plan for refreshments and seating, let us know if you’re coming to the meeting. Please RSVP your attendance in advance to Steve Tadzynski at with the names of those attending, your contact info, and your affiliation no later than noon on Wednesday, January 11th.

At the large QVC sign on Wilson Drive, bear to the left for the Studio Tour and Store. After the turn, you will see a large parking lot on the left and the QVC building on the right. Park in the lot and walk across to the Tour Entrance. Sign in at the security desk and you will be escorted to the Special Events room.


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