My Homeboy: Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs was a pioneer of early television and a total genius. I have always appreciated his work and feel like people have not given him the credit he deserves for it. He is much like another homeboy of mine, Nikola Tesla in that respect.

In one incident, his genius showed through in working under pressure. His program was live television, and when it came back from commercial before things were ready, he was in a bit of a bind. He had a moment of inspiration, grabbed a kaleidoscope, shoved it on the front of the camera, and spun it slowly to disguise the sight of the set being put together. His quick thinking engineer put on some humorous music and the public was none-the-wiser because it was assumed that the visuals were just another strange aspect of his show.

We need more folks like him.

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