San Francisco, CA – 10/18/2012 – At its 13th
annual Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame awards ceremony Tuesday night, 12 industry leaders joined the 170 inventors, engineers, retailers, journalists and entrepreneurs inducted since 2000 who have provided innovative products and services that entertain, inform and connect consumers.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) Industry Forum in San Francisco, CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro, praised the inductees for their contributions to the growth of the industry. “The success of our industry is built upon the technologies and products these leaders created. These honorees are among the true great pioneers on whose shoulders our industry stands. Our products have a powerful impact on the world and I am proud to be part of this strong tradition of innovation that continues to contribute to the economy today.”
The ceremony included an awards dinner where honorees expressed their belief that innovation in America is still driving the nation forward. They stressed that the $206 billion consumer electronics (CE) industry is full of creativity in design, software development and marketing. The 2012 inductees each made a significant impact on the world with their vision and drive to bring their ideas to market.
Following are the new members of the 2012 CE Hall of Fame in the categories in which they were inducted:
Robert Briskman, inventor of satellite radio.
Willard Boyle/George Smith, inventors of the charge-coupled device (CCD).
Richard Citta, creator of AFB DTV standard.
Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse and hypermedia.
Charlie Ergen, founder of Echostar/Dish.
In Hwoi Koo, founder of LG.
Byung-chull Lee, founder of Samsung.
Bjorn Dybdahl, founder of Bjorn’s.
Fansy & Henry Gregg, founders of h.h. Gregg.
Larry Finley, founder of the International Tape Association (ITA).
Eight inductees or their representatives accepted awards at the dinner. Robert Briskman explained, "We built four satellites because we thought we would lose one to launch failure but they worked for 12 years. I just donated the fourth one to the Smithsonian near Dulles airport – it was the first to support satellite radio to the U.S. and Canada.” He added, “I am honored to receive this award. To implement ideas, it takes a team of people, in some cases, hundreds. I just look at myself as a figurehead.”
Richard Citta started his career 44 years ago in the Zenith research group with Mr. Adler and Mr. Eilers as his bosses. “Twenty years ago we started on DTV that used two transistors. Today we have three to five million chips, we don’t even count them anymore,” he said. “We started in 1988 and all of our R&D was involved – 16 got built. There were four all-digital systems at the end because the Grand Alliance pushed them all together. It took us a year and a half to reach our goal. Thank you very much for this honor.”
Bjorn Dybdahl said, “I love dealing with consumers. When we used to go on vacation, I made my kids and wife go with me to every hi-fi store on the route.” He said Len Tweeten was one of his mentors. “I’ve had great people around me that made me look good.” He added, “The other night I went to Dolby Labs and got a demo. What an exciting evening! The people that invent these products make it easier for us retailers.”
Bill English accepted the award for Doug Engelbart who was not able to attend. He said, “I was dubbed chief engineer in the 60s and built the first mouse in 1962. It was the first visible result of Doug’s work.” He added, “We could also transmit a message over the ARPNET. But perhaps my greatest reward of that time was meeting my wife who was Doug’s secretary.”
K.M. Koo accepted the award for In Hwoi Koo and said, “Today’s LG is a living legacy to my great-grandfather. From humble beginnings six decades ago, the enterprise that he founded, LG Corp., is now a $120 billion multinational conglomerate comprising 60 companies, including the flagship LG Electronics. He added, “As I read Founding Chairman Koo’s profile in tonight’s program, I was struck with a feeling of awe and pride. His core business philosophy – harmony among people, pioneering spirit and innovation leadership – is alive and well at LG today.”
Guy Finley also accepted an award for his grandfather Larry who passed away in 2000. He showed a short video clip that captured some of the colorful moments of Larry Finley’s association with Hollywood and the content community. Finley said, “Entertainment is the driving force behind all new technologies. Larry’s relationships connected hardware with software.” He added, “I’m honored to step in to his huge shoes. My family who is here tonight are his greatest legacy.”
Samsung’s Mr. Lee accepted the award for Byung-chull Lee. He said, “As head of Samsung North America, it is a great honor for me to be here to accept this distinguished honor on behalf of Samsung. From a humble beginning in 1938, Samsung has grown in to 18 countries with 110,000 employees. Samsung Electronics is the world’s largest company by revenue.” He added, “This would not have been possible without Byung-chull Lee’s leadership. He developed Samsung into a global player and his management philosophy lives today. Thank you for this great honor.”
Charles (Charlie) Ergen could not attend but Joe Clayton, president and CEO of DISH Network, accepted the award. He said, “Charlie is honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Stanley Hubbard, Eddie Hartenstein – the triumphrate of the satellite industry’s founding fathers is now complete. He made satellite TV affordable.” He added, “He embraced consumers. That is the winning formula for success. Isn’t that what the CE industry is all about?
The Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by a panel of industry judges from nominations submitted by industry professionals. Judging for the 2012 Hall of Fame took place on February 22, in New York. To read the 2012 CE Hall of Fame booklet, visit www.CEVision.org