Teleprompter Inventor Dies

It has become a mainstay of Washington press conferences, and now its creator has died.

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It has become a mainstay of Washington press conferences, and now its creator has died.
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Everyone knows about the life the teleprompter has taken on during the Obama administration. Heck it even has its own Twitter account.
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Hubert "Hub" Schlafly, a key developer of the device, has died at the age of 91. He won an Emmy Award for his contributions to the innovation.
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According to the Associated Press, Schlafly was a friend of actor Fred Barton Jr., who wanted a way to remember his lines.
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It made its debut in 1950 on the soap opera "The First Hundred Years," according to the AP.
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The AP said Schlafly eventually became president of the TelePrompTer Corp.
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Herbert Hoover became the first politician to use the device in 1952.
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Here, President George W. Bush rehearses his State of the Union address in the family theater of the White House in 2005.
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While today's design is pretty high-tech, that wasn't always the case.
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As the Washington Post reported, Schlafly initially "installed a motorized scroll of paper inside half a suitcase. Actors’ lines were printed on the paper in half-inch letters, and the suitcase was set up next to studio cameras. The scrolling speed was controlled by a stagehand."
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