The Consumer Technology Association’s “Digital Answerman,” Jim Barry, died on Friday after a long illness. He was 71.
Barry traveled the country over the last 22 years on behalf of CTA, showcasing and explaining technology products to consumers via TV and radio appearances along with newspaper interviews. The industry veteran was also a former editor of Dealerscope, and of Video Magazine. In his journalistic career, he witnessed and covered many of the industry’s seminal product introductions, including the VCR, DVD and Digital TV. He also started the Contract Publishing Division of Crosby Vandenburg Group in Boston, creating and producing custom magazines for ESPN, WGBH, Massachusetts Hospital Association and others.