Fifty years ago today, we took a giant step in communications history with the first transatlantic live television broadcast connecting Europe and America. For the first time, Europeans saw the Statue of Liberty, the Chicago Cubs playing the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field, President John Kennedy’s news conference, buffalo roaming the Great Plains and a boy admiring a Sioux chief in North Dakota in real time. Americans saw the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and reindeer in the Arctic Circle.
According to “Cronkite,” by Douglas Brinkley, Walter Cronkite said, “We had to keep telling ourselves it was happening.”
It was happening because the United States had launched the first communications satellite, Telstar, in space.… Seguir leyendo »