The TV academy said Tuesday that Aldrin, part of the 1969 moon mission, will accept the Philo T. Farnsworth Award on behalf of NASA at the Emmy engineering awards on Saturday.
The honor, named for TV inventor Farnsworth, recognizes an agency, company or institution whose contributions affected the state of TV technology and engineering.
Tuesday morning at the Philo T. Farnsworth TV and Pioneer Museum in Rigby, a rare event happened. The newest postage stamps were unveiled and they're commemorating TV classics.
A sheet of twenty 44 cent first class stamps celebrating shows like "I Love Lucy" and "Hopalong Cassidy" and "The Ed Sullivan Show" are now on sale.
Rigby Postmaster Gordon Cole says it's a big honor to have Rigby chosen as a location to unveil these commemorative stamps.
Gordon Cole: "This doesn't happen everyday. These are usually quite big events and to have one in Rigby is really a treat. The reason why we picked Rigby is because Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of the television, we thought it was fitting that we honor him because without him these shows wouldn't be possible."
Plowing a potato field in 1920, a 14-year-old farm boy from Idaho saw in the parallel rows of overturned earth a way to “make pictures fly through the air.” This boy was not a magician; he was a scientific genius and just eight years later he made his brainstorm in the potato field a reality by transmitting the world’s first television image.
I realize this is being pretty picky, but with all the research that's out there now, you'd think we could get the dates and intervals straight. To whit: The "date of conception" -- that moment in the potato field -- has been pretty well pegged to the summer of 1921, the summer before Philo cajoled his way into Justin Tolman's senior chemistry class; the subsequent disclosure -- the prophetic drawing that showed up years later in the litigation -- was later that school year, during the winter of 1922.
So the potato field inspiration was 1921, and the "first picture" was indisputably 1927 -- that would be SIX years later, not 8.
And I'm sure the Logie Baird gang will have a great time with that "world's first television image." Sometimes you do need the qualifier "electronic," even though that subsequently became synonymous with television, period.
But, hey, why should children care about little details like actual dates and numbers. Those things are so... analog.