Generation 1 - Anthony E. Gerhard 

At four years of age he could play the piano better than most adults. However since his dad died when he was 7 years old, there was little time or money for him to develop that talent. When asked about being a child prodigy and he would say that the word is over used and being able to play the piano isn't very important.

Anthony only had seven years of formal schooling, since he skipped the sixth grade.  He went straight to work at the Armour meat packing plant as a messenger after graduating from the eight grade. He had excellent balance and coordination and devised a way of sliding down the worn wooden steps on the grease from the plant.  He could deliver messages faster than any other messenger, so the urgent messages were given to him.

He received his engineering degree from a correspondence school. A man in the neighborhood bought the course for him and he completed his studies while working full time. He took additional Engineering correspondence courses from Capitol Radio Engineering Institute in the 1940's. 

He was a national champion telegrapher and a pioneer in HAM radio.  He put up a makeshift antenna in his backyard to receive Marconi's first wireless telegraph message and later went to work for Mr. Marconi.

During the late 1920's and early 1930's he worked on the first television system.  His was one of the first faces ever to be seen on a television screen. 

He also developed an early photo fax machine in the 1930's.

He worked for Raytheon during the 1940's and help to develop the first microwave oven. 

Anthony Gerhard was a true pioneer in the field of electronics.

Updated = 06/20/2011

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