Hubert Schlafly

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In 2008, Hubert Schlafly was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame. And for good reason. He ran one of the nation's first cable companies and orchestrated the first coast-to-coast satellite transmission of TV images. When he gave his acceptance speech, Schlafly, who died on April 20 at 91, used a teleprompter, which he had helped invent. Developed in the late 1940s, the teleprompter--initially a motorized scroll inside half a suitcase--took off when former President Herbert Hoover used it during the 1952 Republican National Convention. Over the years, it has proved essential to countless speechmakers, award-show presenters. Ironically, the 2008 induction was the first time Schlafly publicly utilized the device.