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David Sarnoff was born on February 27 1891 In 1900 his father had made enough money to bring the rest of his family over to the United States They finally arrived in Manhattan on July 21900 It was during this time at the Commercial Cable Company that he first saw the telegraph key He became very interested in it and with one of his first paychecks he purchased his own key From this time on he was never far from a telegraph key After being fired from the Commercial Cable Company he applied for a job with the American Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company as a junior telegraph operator Working for Marconi was the next best thing to happen to David Sarnoff He would work for Marconi next sixty years He started out as an office boy sweeping floors and running errands He read everything that he was supposed to file and soon learned everything there was to know about the company Sarnoff saw a way of moving into a new field of broadcasting sending a signal from one point to many receivers In 1914 Sarnoff experimented in sending music and voice to the Wanamaker Dept Store in Philadelpia He accomplished this by putting a transmitter on the roof of the Wanamaker building On October 171919 the Radio Corporation of America with the patents of General Electric and Marconi In the late 1920s radio had become a household item Sarnoff had seen many changes at RCA On January 31930 David Sarnoff became the third president of RCA He was 39 Sarnoffs next idea in where to go with radio was supplying sight with sound He wanted to get into the field of television At the 1939 Worlds Fair Sarnoff introduced television On January 1 1965 Sarnoff became the chairman of the board In 1968 he came down with shingles It eventually spread to his nervous system It slowly ate away his ability to see speak or
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