Ed Parsons – The Cable Guy

I admit, I probably partied more than I studied while in college.  My first semester at Lewis and Clark College in Portland was a real departure from my high school experience.  One of the classes I took as a first term freshman was Introduction to Mass Media.  This particular class was geared toward people who dreamed of being the next Peter Jennings, Bill O’reilly, or Catey Couric. One thing I did learn in this class is that the inventor of cable tv is none other than Ed Parsons. That is Ed Parsons of Astoria, Oregon.

I was 18 when I enrolled in college and thinking back, I am surprised it took me 18 years to learn this and that when I did learn it, it was learned in college in another town. I guess the surprise is why is something that brings television into the homes of millions not common knowledge in the town that it originated from??? Hear that school teachers?

Well, today marks the 59th anniversary since the FCC contacted Mr. Parsons about his cable invention. Now you can tell all your friends that cable tv as we know it originated in good ‘ol Astoria Oregon.

Natural gas cars. A great article here talks about (and debunks a few pollution myths) about natural gas and why it WILL be the fuel of the near future. I know, I know, we’re all gonna die from explosions and those cars will be so ugly driving around.

Firefox is on Fire!! Today they officially have attained 20% market share. Internet Explorer is down to 70% now. Whatya waiting for? You have downloaded the FREE Firefox browser haven’t you?

If you are a busy person, sometimes taking time to enjoy your morning coffee doesn’t fit in with your schedule. So why not enjoy your caffeine fix while taking a shower? Say what??? There is a product available called Shower Shock Soap that promises to give you that boost in the morning.

And finally, from the FREE software side of things is an excellent small download that will easily encrypt files on your computer. It’s called Encryptonclick and it’s available via Bill Mullins website.

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