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2012 Early Television Convention

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The 2012 Early Television Convention was held on Friday, May 4, Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 at the Early Television Museum in Hilliard, Ohio. This year, lunch and presentations were at the museum. The Banquet was at Abners, 2 blocks from the museum.

Total auction sales were just under $10,000. Donations to the museum were just under $4,000, with some more pledged but not yet received. The donation total is a record for the convention. Thanks to all who donated.

We had 109 attendees, and 65 at the Saturday dinner, compared to 106 and 62 last year.

Thanks to the presenters and all who helped with making this a great show.


Wayne Bretl's pictures

Saturday Presentations

Contributions of Hazeltine Research to the Development of NTSC and PAL George Lemaster
The Evolution of the TV Camera Chuck Pharis
RCA Prototype Color Sets Ed Reitan
The CPA Prototype Color Set Nick Williams
The Zenith Field Sequential Receiver Mike Molnar
Color Reproduction of TV and Film Systems Old and New Wayne Bretl

Sunday Workshops 

Reforming Electrolytic John Horvath
The Joys of Predicta Era Philcos Dave May


Events in gray were at the museum and those in blue at Abner's restaurant.

Friday, May 4


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Meet other collectors at the museum. Beer, wine, soft drinks.

Saturday, May 5

7:30 am – 8:30 am Swap Meet setup
8:30 am – 11:00 am Registration and Swap Meet
8:30 am - 5:30 pm Silent Auction
10:00 am - 11:45 am Live Auction
12:00 noon – 12:30 pm Buffet Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm   Presentations
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Break
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm  Presentations
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors
About 5:30 pm Silent Auction closes
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet

Sunday, May 6

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Browse the museum’s collection, talk to fellow collectors. Demonstration of sets in the Museum’s collection.
10:00 am – 11:00 am  Meeting - CRT rebuilding at the museum
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  Restoration workshops