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20 People Who Changed Tech: Irving Kahn
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11/26/2014 | 4:36:53 PM
Some corrections please
Wish I'd seen this article when it appeared. I worked for Milton Shapp for five years, Alfred Stern at Warner Cable for five years and Irving a Kahn for 20 years. I was PR VP and speechwriter for all of them Irving was the genius you said he was but it wasn't Irving who pioneered putting the antenna on the mountaintop. It was Milton Shapp and Bob Tarlton in Lansford, PA. And it wasn't Gus Hauser who came up with the idea for two-way TV. That was way in the works before he joined what was then Warner Cable. I was at Warner when Gus joined. And it wasn't HBO that pioneered the origibal concept for what us now premium cable. That wasAlfred Stern, who created Gridtronucs, the very first such undertaking. It was Alfred who made the breakthrough of getting the movie studio heads to sit down together and agree to orovides programming. I was there for all if these happenings. I wrote speeches about all of these happenings. I'm happy to see Irving spotlighted but credit must be given where credit is actually due.
Dr. Ron
Dr. Ron,
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9/5/2013 | 3:48:59 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Irving Kahn
I am from PA and this photo surely does not look like Johnstown, PA - where was it taken?

Number 6
Number 6,
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5/29/2013 | 8:09:39 PM
re: 20 People Who Changed Tech: Irving Kahn
Great story and insights. I was wondering whether Irving Kahn crossed paths with John Rigas from Adelphia when they were both wiring Pennsylvania for cable. The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a full magazine story praising the Rigas family for everything they'd done in Coudersport, about a year before the Feds threw them in jail.

I'd also like to know who's responsible for the five minute blocks of commercials we're now subjected to on cable TV, except for TCM. What happened to the idea of paying for cable so we wouldn't have to watch so many ads? With commercials getting as long as the shows, Internet viewing looks better all the time.

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