We are back with our Hispanic Heritage celebration of Notable Role Models.
Today we learned about Guillermo González Camarena, a Mexican engineer from Guadalajara who invented the Color TV. He invented the color wheel component that helped turn black and white television to color!
The kids and I talked about how TV has evolved. I explained that TV wasn’t always a flat frame like what they see in our homes but it use to be a box.
We talked about not having remotes and having only knobs and we talked about the funny “ladybug ears” (according to little man) also known as an antenna.
González Camarena applied for this patent August 14, 1941 and obtained the patent September 15, 1942. He also filed for additional patents for color television systems in 1960 and 1962.
He obtained authorization to make the first publicly-announced color broadcast in Mexico, on February 8, 1963, Paraíso Infantil, on Mexico City’s XHGC-TV, a station that he established in 1952. By that time, the government had adoptedNTSC as the television color system. Wikipedia
Why is this important?
If it wasn’t for the invention of color TV we wouldn’t enjoy the programs we get to see today. Trends would be basic to just what you see in grey-scale and we would have never enjoyed Lucille balls Bright red colored hair.
I tell the kids that if it wasn’t for inventors like Guillermo we wouldn’t have more than half the stuff we enjoy today that go along with television; No games, No movies, No cartoons!
Unfortunately, after returning from a trip that dealt with his work Guillermo died at the age of 48 in a car accident.
Aren’t you glad he invented the Color TV?
We were inspired to make our own tv craft from this craft