Last April, inspired by a scan on Modern Mechanix, I wrote this post about William Ross Aiken, who designed a workable flat-panel TV in 1958. Yesterday, I got an email from Aiken’s daughter, informing me that the inventor passed away in February, and she was putting his personal collection of electronic gear up for sale on eBay. According to Madaline Beeman, “I wish I had a reason to keep these things, but I have limited space, and lots of other memorabilia of him.” Beeman hopes that the gear will go to “someone who appreciates these things.” First up: a Jackson Tube tester with a starting bid of $40. I haven’t bid on it, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the rest of the Aiken collection, and may just pick something up, if only to honor the memory of an unheralded broadcast industry pioneer.
By Marc Perton