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September 4, 2008 | Robert Lloyd, Times Television Critic
The night formerly known as Night Three of the Republican National Convention was dedicated to "Reform and Prosperity." But more important, it was the party's, and the country's, first substantial look at Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who in no time at all has become not only a national politician but a subject of controversy and a figure of symbolic import. She was the night's story, down to how well she would handle speaking off a teleprompter: "But we will see, because we're open-minded about what we're going to be anticipating," CNN's Wolf Blitzer said.
January 10, 2002 | George Skelton
SACRAMENTO Senate leader John Burton was slipped Gov. Gray Davis' State of the State speech the night before the governor delivered it. Burton got the raw TelePrompTer version, including stage directions. Little notations to "look there and bow ... point to them and applaud." A wily Capitol veteran with unmatched sources, Burton may have been the first person outside the governor's inner circle to obtain a coveted copy of the text. Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, for example, didn't see the speech until one hour before Davis delivered it Tuesday evening to a joint session of the Legislature.
January 26, 1994 | Associated Press
President Clinton opened his State of the Union Address Tuesday night with a joke on himself about a mix-up with the TelePrompTer the last time he spoke before Congress. "I am not sure what speech is in the TelePrompTer tonight, but I hope we can talk about the State of the Union," Clinton said to laughter. He was referring to his address to Congress last Sept. 22 outlining his health care program.
January 26, 1994
Irving B. Kahn, 76, who pioneered the TelePrompTer and cable television. Named for his songwriter uncle, Irving Berlin Kahn grew up in Montclair, N.J., won a scholarship to the University of Alabama as a drum major, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and at 27 became the youngest vice president in 20th Century Fox's history. He left the studio in 1950 to form Teleprompter Corp., developing and marketing the device that replaced cue cards for television performers.
September 23, 1993 | Associated Press
It was billed as the most important speech of Bill Clinton's presidency. It was also--for a few minutes--the wrong speech. When Clinton stepped to the lectern Wednesday night to speak about health care, there was a TelePrompTer in front of him to scroll the text of his speech. The machine began displaying a speech, but it was the Feb. 17 address that Clinton delivered the last time he went before a joint session of Congress.
July 9, 1989
With reference to the June 25 article "The Death of Z Channel--What Now?," I was sorry to read no mention of the birth of the Z Channel. Perhaps some readers might be interested in how it all came about. The Z Channel was the brainchild of myself, the first (1974-76) programmer; General John Atwood, president of Theta Cable, and George Storer Jr., a Theta Cable executive. Incidentally, the name, Z Channel, was thought up by Hal Kaufman, who headed the advertising agency Theta used, and who replaced me as programming head when I went to 20th Century Fox. Kaufman hired Jerry Harvey as his assistant, and when he became ill, Harvey took over.
October 9, 1988
"Channel 4 News Live From Seoul" was one of the most ridiculous farces I have ever seen on television. The station's newscasters were halfway around the world, and they were telling us what happened in Los Angeles each day? This publicity stunt merely proved that those newscasters are not reporters. Rather, they are just pretty people who know how to read a TelePrompTer. Paul Warneke, Torrance
October 1, 1988
Mounting evidence suggests that Bush's problem is much more profound than being "born with a silver foot in his mouth." The debate confirmed my worst fears. His garbled syntax, bizarre mistakes, memory lapses, inappropriate language, malapropisms, and inability to concentrate reinforce a pattern that has emerged during the last several years. Citizens of both parties, instead of treating his "awkwardness" as amusing or endearing, should be asking tough questions about his ability to govern.
August 6, 1986 | Associated Press
England's Teleprompter heads a 14-horse field announced Tuesday for the sixth running of the Budweiser-Arlington Million. Teleprompter, the 1985 Million winner, will be back to try to become the first horse to gain back-to-back victories in the 1-mile turf race Aug. 31 at Arlington Park. The race carries a guaranteed purse of $1 million. "I never saw a Million field that had such broad competition," Arlington Park President Joseph F. Joyce said at a news conference.
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