In an ever-evolving consumer electronics industry, where accelerated technology turnover is a fact of life, Jim Barry stood, in his role as the Consumer Technology Association’s Digital Answer Man, as a stabilizing influence.
Barry, who died in October 2017 after 22 years in that job, took on the task of being the face of CE innovation to the buying public through his radio and TV appearances in countless local markets with experience that was tailor-made preparation for it. He came to CTA following a long and laudable career as a consumer technology journalist that included stints as editor of both Dealerscope, on the trade side, and then as editor of the consumer enthusiast publication Video.
“My intersection with Jim began in 1982 at the Zenith distributor meeting,” said John Taylor, senior vice president, Public Affairs and Communications for LG Electronics, who later worked arm in arm with Barry when Taylor chaired CTA’s Communications Committee. “There was a small cadre of luminary journalists, and all those guys were there, covering the latest console TVs of the day. He took me under his wing and I learned so much from him about the industry in those early days…He was a very talented journalist, always focusing on telling the story and getting the facts right – a very talented editor.”