Re: VRT Newsletter

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 5 Mar 2002 15:03:44 -0800 (PST)

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Tom Edison called the motion picture camera "A silly little device for
making pictures that would dance" and considered the whole enterprise a
waste of time (until it started making money).

But you're right, Becky...the movies are a wonder...

gary

At 02:07 PM 3/5/2002 -0800, you wrote:
>Gary, your column in the current newsletter is something I have felt for a
>long time. I don't think a lot of people realize how miraculous (and I do
>mean it) film and sound technology are. Virtually the entire 20th century
>is available for viewing and listening. We don't have film of the Civil
>War, or Abraham Lincoln. No one will ever know how Jenny Lind sang. But
>for all of the news and people in all walks of life in the 20th century, if
>they were filmed or recorded, we know. I wonder if Thomas Edison really
>appreciated what he came up with.
>
>Becky Tatar
>Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
>Aurora Public Library
>1 E. Benton Street
>Aurora, IL 60505
>PHONE: 630-264-4100
>FAX: 630-896-3209
>www.aurora.lib.il.us
>E-mail: bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu

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Tom Edison called the motion picture camera “A silly little device for making pictures that would dance” and considered the whole enterprise a waste of time (until it started making money).

But you're right, Becky...the movies are a wonder...

gary


At 02:07 PM 3/5/2002 -0800, you wrote:

Gary, your column in the current newsletter is something I have felt for a
long time.  I don't think a lot of people realize how miraculous (and I do
mean it) film and sound technology are.  Virtually the entire 20th century
is available for viewing and listening.  We don't have film of the Civil
War, or Abraham Lincoln.  No one will ever know how Jenny Lind sang.  But
for all of the news and people in all walks of life in the 20th century, if
they were filmed or recorded, we know.  I wonder if Thomas Edison really
appreciated what he came up with.

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL   60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209
www.aurora.lib.il.us
E-mail:  bltata@aurora.lib.il.us

Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu

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