The first public demonstration of the “Television” was presented by inventor Philo Farnsworth at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute in August of 1934. But it wasn’t until the post WW2 economic upsurge of the 1950s and 60s that it became a viable commercial medium. Since then it's been saddled with many names. Called early on "The Orphan or Stepchild of Radio", it's also enjoyed the monikers "Boob Tube", "Idiot Box", "One Eyed Monster", "Ulitmate Babysitter" and many others. Condemned by some as the epitome of evil ... or at the very least indicative of all that contributes to the inevitable downfall of human civilization as we know it, we feel differently. The technology is merely a tool, and as such can be used positively or negatively. In the same way an axe can build a home, hospital or school, or in the wrong hands be used to commit mass murder, so is Farnsworth's technical offspring a powerful catalyst in the conceptual hand of he (or she) who wields it.
Walter Cronkite announces the death of John Kennedy (Nov. 22, 1963)