Hubert Schlafly Jr., one of the men responsible for creating the TelePrompTer — making the lives of awards presenters, newscasters, and speechifying politicians infinitely easier — passed away last week after a brief illness. He was 91. Schlafly developed it in 1950 while working at 20th Century Fox studios. Studio heads asked him to build a device to help actors remember their lines, and his creation debuted on the set of a soap opera; it consisted of a motorized scroll of paper inside a suitcase. Schlafly used the device he created for the first time at the age of 88, when he was asked to deliver a speech.
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