CEA Inducts Hall of Fame
At the CEA Fall Forum in San Francisco a notable list of CE veterans and inventors were inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. On the list from the retail community was John Roach, a longtime employee of Tandy Corportation who was responsible for bringing personal computing to retail with the TRS-80 PC, which began selling at RadioShack stores in 1977. He was instrumental in helping to promote the personal computer to the consumer market and in 1981 became one of the youngest CEOs in the country. In 1982, he was appointed Chairman of Tandy. He retired from the company in 1999.
Also honored was the late A.J. Richard (1909-2004), Chairman of P.C. Richard & Son. Richard led the store, started by his father in 1909 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, to success that it still enjoys today. The retailer is still family-owned, with 49 locations.
The other inductees are: Don Bitzer, H. Gene Slottow and Robert Willson, co-inventors of the plasma display; John “Jack” Doyle, founding president of Pioneer; Robert Galvin, chairman and CEO of Motorola; Andrew Grove and Gordon Moore, founders of Intel; George Heilmeier, team leader of the development of LCD; Dr. Nick Holonyak, Jr., Inventor of LED and Howard Ladd, founder of Concord Electronics, establisher of Sanyo-US and chairman of Fisher.