Who could guess that an item created a lifetime of entertainment would bring pain, betrayal, and corporate ruin for those involved with its discovery?
Yes, folks, we’re talking about the television, or TV as it has become known during most of its lifetime.
That electronic genius that brought the world into the living rooms of most Americans is credited as being invented by Philo T. Farnsworth, a Midwestern farm boy (whose home can be found right here in Fort Wayne).
Unfortunately for Farnsworth, another inventor, David Sarnoff, who headed RCA, also claimed the distinction of being its designer.
The feud that took place in the mid-20th century was big enough to garner the attention of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and A Few Good Men. He wrote the play, ‘The Farnsworth Invention,” which will be presented as a Civic Off-Main Production at the Allen County Public Library Downtown, 900 Library Plaza.
The title gives away the battle’s victor, but what did Farnsworth lose in his battle to gain notoriety as TV’s inventor?
Performances will be held March 30 — April 15 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (No performance on Easter Sunday.)
Tickets are $26 for adults, $18 for youth/students.
Content advisory: Frequent strong adult language