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Radebaugh's lost future

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jleaderPerson was signed in when posted
03-05-2003
04:27 PM ET (US)
"The only thing Radebaugh really gets wrong is 3D image display" ... and he missed the ongoing attempts to outlaw some of the wonders he describes.
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RupertSPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
10:04 PM ET (US)
From Radebaugh's "Closer Than We Think!"

"ELECTRONIC HOME LIBRARY -- Home facilities for education and entertainment in the world of tomorrow will make today's television devices as obsolete as magic lanterns -- thanks to new developments in electronics.
   Such gadgets as the "television recorder" -- recently described by RCA's David Sarnoff -- will be commonplace. When a worth-while program comes on while you're away from home, or watching it for that matter, you'll be able to preserve it on tape (both sound and picture) for future replaying at your convenience.

Westinghouse's Gwilym Price expects such tapes to reproduce shows in three dimensions and color, using screens as shallow as a picture on a wall.

Further progress in this field will no doubt result in pushbutton availability of practically all cultural material. For example, you can count on microfilm-like projection of conventional books, with the pages enlarged for easier reading. And to increase the impact of lessons for students, there may be an electronic voice accompanying the visual images."

Not bad. In a few paragraphs, he does a decent job of predicting the VCR, TiVO, plasma screens, a Vannevar Bush-like Internet, pseudo-digital image projection, and electronic speech synthesis. The only thing Radebaugh really gets wrong is 3D image display.
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chico haasPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
05:25 PM ET (US)
Bruce McCall really put an insane twist on this sort of stuff.
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Dav ColemanPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
03:17 PM ET (US)
Talk about prescient, the coca cola image and accompanying text strikes me as rather ominous.
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JohnRPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
02:36 PM ET (US)
Great exhibit. Too bad he couldn't have been a little more accurate on antigrav houses and orthinopters.
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CartoonistPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
02:05 PM ET (US)
"One of my favorite films is The 5th Element where the art direction seems to come right from Radebaugh's brush."

No brush there - Radebaugh used to work with an airbrush.
Edited 03-02-2003 02:05 PM
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CartoonistPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
02:02 PM ET (US)
Yep, and The Cartoonist blogged it first:

http://radio.weblogs.com/0113064/2003/02/21.html#a930
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Pat YorkPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
11:47 AM ET (US)
That's a terrific exhibit. Note how much the fifties S.F. movies take from it.

I wish I'd known about that museum the last time I was in Philadelphia.
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roadknightPerson was signed in when posted
03-02-2003
11:26 AM ET (US)
Wow!....this is really cool. I am such a total addict for this
kind of stuff...

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