The early days of the cable industry can best be described as a story of hard-work, 的决心, 创业精神, 以及对社区的热爱. 蓝岭通信和服务电力通信, 真钱在线玩伙伴, trace their beginnings back to two dedicated men who took great risks to benefit their families and towns. Luckily, their forward thinking left a legacy of success and helped shape their communities.
老约翰Walson. was born in Forrest City, Pennsylvania in March 1915 and graduated from Mahanoy Township High School. 高中毕业后, he left for Chicago to attend Loyola University with intentions of becoming a physician, but later rekindled his adolescent interest with electricity and abandoned his medical school education. Instead, he chose to become an engineering student at the nearby Coyne Electrical School. This led to his early career as a line serviceman for Pennsylvania Power and Light.
由于他对电子澳门真钱在线玩的热爱. 沃森和他的妻子, 玛格丽特, 以获得通用电气的特许经营权, 在马哈诺伊市卖电器. 不久之后,先生. 沃森开始销售电视机. 不幸的是, 这非常困难, 甚至不可能, to receive the three Philadelphia network stations in Mahanoy City because the town is surrounded by mountains and is located some 86 air miles away.
在这种情况下，李先生决定. Walson erected an antenna tower on top of a nearby mountain so he could take his customers to that location and demonstrate his television receivers. 1947年，在寻找增加销售额的方法时，乔布斯. Walson decided to purchase some heavy-duty twin-lead army surplus wire and ran the wire on trees from a nearby mountain to his appliance warehouse. 最后，这条线延伸到了李先生那里. Walson电器商店, and several homes along the way were connected to the community antenna system. 这是美国有线电视行业的开端. The cost to connect was a $100 installation fee plus a monthly charge of $2.00
服务有线电视公司. began as a successor corporation to the community antenna television business started by 约翰Walson.
从有线电视的早期开始，Mr. 沃森开始在附近的社区建设系统. 其他人, 观察他成功的人, were quick to follow in areas where reception of television signals was difficult or impossible. 他对有线电视未来的信心从未减弱. 当系统出售时，他购买了它们. 当有特许经营权时，他就申请了. Mr. Walson was guided by the one fundamental principle, people wanted television service. They were entitled to receive it, and his duty was to provide quality access to television.
Mr. Walson's pioneering achievements were recognized by the Congress of the United States and the National Cable Television Association.
In addition to starting the nation's first community antenna television system in Mahanoy City, Mr. 沃森还拥有其他几项首创, 包括使用相邻信道的五信道系统, 利用微波技术输入远距离信号, 并采用同轴电缆.
在他生命的最后40年里. Walson served as a director of the National Cable Television Association, 宾夕法尼亚有线电视协会, 以及许多其他的民间组织.
对变化保持警觉, 技术改进的适应性, 并对客户有责任心, Service Electric continues to build its reputation in the cable television field. This requires the combined efforts of many dedicated people, including some of Mr. Walson的家人.
Claude grew up on a small farm in Northampton County in the early 1900s. He spoke only Pennsylvania Dutch until attending the local one-room schoolhouse. 学习英语后, 克劳德在学校成绩优异, eventually becoming a research chemist at the New Jersey Zinc 公司. His employer invested in Claude’s education and provided him a scholarship to Cornell University.
In the late 1940s, Claude and his wife, Evelyn were raising their family in Palmerton, PA. He continued to work at the New Jersey Zinc 公司 but was discouraged at the limited number of channels, 只有两个, 他家里都有. Despite running various types of antennae from the vacant lot next to his home, 他还是收不到十频道. Claude was a chemist, so if there was a problem, he sought a solution. This time, the problem was that he loved baseball, which was broadcast on channel 10.
Mr. 莱因哈德从不让挑战阻止他. He pointed to the mountain and told his sons, “We’re going to put an antenna up there.他知道，解决办法在蓝山.
By 1951, with the help a few investors, the Palmerton TV Signal Corporation began. They raised an antenna and ran cable from high upon the Blue Mountain and a pole line from the mountaintop to the Sokol Hall on Lehigh Avenue in Palmerton. Claude and the investors he had recruited ran the cable a block at a time. Claude’s son Fred explained the laborious process: “If we had money, we’d go a block. 如果真钱在线玩有更多的钱，真钱在线玩会去另一个街区.”
它工作. Claude could no longer find the time to manage his role at the zinc company and run his cable business. He faced a choice: Stay in a stable, family-supporting job or take a gamble on himself. 他冒了这个险.
The company further expanded its interest in communications when they purchased the Palmerton Telephone 公司.
Palmerton TV Signal Corporation added to their customer base with the purchase of Blue Ridge Telephone 公司.
在20世纪50年代的那段时间里. 莱因哈德还拥有帕默顿自助洗衣店, 锌碗, 利海顿的保龄球馆, 还有三家电影院:棕榈剧院, 经典的戏剧, 和Mahoning山谷免下车餐厅. 其中的一个, 经典的戏剧, was on First and Iron Streets in Lehighton in a building later known as the Times 新闻 Building.
帕默顿公司更名为Pencor 服务, Inc. (Pennsylvania Entertainment, COmmunications, Recreation).
Establishing the cable business offered Claude a natural entrance into the newspaper business. 电缆克, 每周出版, began to keep the public informed about cable TV enhancements and programming. This venture piqued Reinhard’s interest in the newspaper business, 后来他买下了吉姆·索普时报新闻. Within two years, he acquired circulation of the Lansford and Tamaqua daily newspapers.
Mr. 莱因哈德的传奇在随后的岁月里延续了下来. 他的公司努力保持技术领先地位, 包括几家无线企业, 成为远程服务提供者, 增设娱乐场所, 甚至还有一家冰淇淋店. His goal of serving his neighbors carries on with several of his children, 孙子, 和曾孙, who consider themselves custodians of the company that’s here to serve the family and the community.