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RIP Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly Jr., Vaya con Dios..
When asked to comment,, BHO was speechless...
Telemprompter Inventor "Hub" Schlafly Dies; Device Changed Public Address in America
April 26, 2011 12:55 PM
ABC's Z. Byron Wolf and Brian Canova report:
You’ve never heard of Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly Jr., but if you’ve seen a major political speech in the past generation, you know his work. Schlafly invented the TelePrompTer and changed public address in America. He died April 20th in Connecticut.
President Barack Obama, is hailed by supporters as a gifted orator. But he has been lambasted by critics for his reliance on the teleprompter. In truth, every President since Dwight D. Eisenhower, excepting Nixon, has used one for major speeches in Congress.
Schlafly, a TV engineer, developed the device in the 1950’s to help soap opera actors remember their lines, according to the Washington Post. For more on Schlafly, read the Post's obituary.
But it is politicians who made the device, which has evolved with technology, most famous. A seamlessly executed teleprompter-aided speech allows the speaker to read from notes while giving the impression that the speech is given from memory.
So there is no better way to understand how Schlafly's invention changed speechifying than to see what happens when it all goes wrong. Here are some top teleprompter malfunctions:
In teleprompter lore, President Bill Clinton, gets credit for having the most seamless teleprompter malfunction recovery. When he began giving his 1994 State of the Union Address, he realized the teleprompter had the wrong speech loaded. But Clinton carried on off-the-cuff and from memory. (Note - In the C-SPAN video below it takes Clinton nearly half an hour to wend his way through the room and start speaking.)
Go raibh tú leathuair ar Neamh sula mbeadh a fhios ag an diabhal go bhfuil tú marbh
"May you be a half hour in heaven before the devil knows you’re dead"