The Order of The Iron Test Pattern Holds 21st Anniversary Awards Ceremony at NAB 2001
March 23, 2001

by -- Broadcaster Magazine

Westminster, Colo. -- The Order of The Iron Test Pattern announced today that during its 21st anniversary meeting at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, "The Order" will again honor "technical survivors" in the television industry. The ceremony will be held at the Itelco booth (L1417) Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.

"It is important to note that The Order honors tenacity, not technical prowess," stated Howard McClure, chairman of The Order of The Iron Test Pattern. "However, in some cases, tenacity and competence go hand-in-hand and we do not penalize anyone for being good at their job."

This year's Rusty Remote award goes to Gene Polley, the engineer who developed the first wireless television remote control for Zenith. His Flashmatic device used light directed at the corners of the TV set where light-sensitive areas relayed the commands to the control circuits. His claim to fame is that he has, by wireless means, controlled a television receiver longer than anyone else.

The Iron Moth Ball awards go to a group of former DuMont Television engineers who have earned their awards by surviving together) longer than anyone in television despite a variety of pratfalls, most caused by others, certainly not by any of them. Pat Gallagher, historian for the group, will lead the discussion. An Iron Moth Ball is a useless system that was introduced as a good idea and didn't quite make it (but was not totally discarded because it didn't smell.) Among them are the sequential color television wheel and the Vita Scan system. The latter utilized a flying spot scanner in a darkened room.

The Ancient Integrator Award goes to Jack Rickel, who, at 78, claims that he is the oldest system integrator still working at the job. He promises to define system integrator when he receives the award.

Created just prior to the 1979 NAB convention, The Order of The Iron Test Pattern has filled a real need for television's technical slaves -- recognition for their contributions. The first-annual meeting during NAB 1980 honored the longest sufferers of the lot and started a tradition that was scheduled to last 5 years, or forever, whichever came first. For some reason, this is the 21st anniversary of The Order's first NAB meeting. The Order is currently sponsored by Itelco USA Inc. Details of the awards and the party are available on the Internet at: www.itelco-usa.com/irontest or by phoning Itelco USA at 303-464-8000.



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