Herbert Hoover appeared on the first city-to-city television broadcast on this date in 1927. Hoover was Commerce Secretary at that time, and his appearance was broadcast from Washington, D.C., to an auditorium in New York City. The technology used to broadcast his speech was only one of several competing television technologies. This one was called Radio Vision, and it never really caught on.
The broadcast began with a close-up of Hoover's forehead, because he was sitting too close to the camera. But Hoover backed up to deliver the speech, and he said, "It is a matter of just pride to have a part in this historic occasion [...] the transmission of sight, for the first time in the world's history." He also said, "All we can say today is that there has been created a marvelous agency for whatever use the future may find with the full realization that every great and fundamental discovery of the past has been followed by use far beyond the vision of its creator." Hoover was followed by a comedian performing jokes in blackface.
The New York Times gave the broadcast a rave review, writing, "It was fun as if a photograph had suddenly come to life and begun to talk, smile, nod its head and look this way and that."
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Thursday, Apr. 7, 2016
An interesting date today. In 1933,FDR signed the law allowing low alcohol beer to be brewed and Mr. Ford passed away in 1947 on this day.
Happy National Beer Day.