@ChuckyYour memory doesn't match his bio in WikiPedia.I trust
WikiPedia.You say he moved to Idaho at age 5.WikiPedia says
12.Wikipedia:"Philo T. Farnsworth was born August 19,
1906, the eldest of five children of Lewis Edwin Farnsworth and Serena Amanda
Bastian, a Mormon couple then living in a small log cabin built by Lewis's
father in a place called Indian Creek near Beaver, Utah. In 1918, the family
moved to a relative's 240-acre ranch near Rigby, Idaho"...===Utah doesn't have any "legitimate" claim on
Philo.---Actually... they do.Farnsworth was born in
Utah. Died in Utah. And was buried in Utah (not Idaho)Wikipedia:BornPhilo Taylor FarnsworthAugust 19, 1906Beaver,
Utah, United StatesDiedMarch 11, 1971 (aged 64)Salt Lake City, Utah,
United StatesCause of deathPneumoniaResting placeProvo City
Cemetery,Provo, Utah, United States===RE: "He
is an Idaho boy"...---OK. He lived in Idaho (for 5 years). He
moved to Provo in 1923.Don't know what makes an "Idaho
boy". But it does sound like Utah has some claim to him (it's all over
his bio).Let's just share him.. OK? He's both. Idaho
can have a statue of him too. OK?
This would be another kick in the teeth to Farnsworth. He had a lot of trouble
with Sarnoff and others trying to steal his patents and inventions. He deserves
the recognition. Cannon doesn't.Farnsworth's inventions
impact all of our lives today.
Utah doesn't have any legitimate claim on Philo. He moved to the promised
land of Idaho at age 5. He first came up with the idea of transmitting images
through the air while working in a potato field in Rigby at the young age of 14.
He is an Idaho boy.
I wish they could both stay there. You can't really place one over the
other. And it's not a competition.I hope it's not a
sexist thing... Removing him because he's a man, or sending her statue
because she's a woman. Gender should have nothing to do with it IMO.I respect them both. I wish we could recognize them both. They both
did great things, and Utah should be proud of them. Both of them.I
hope the loser gets a place of prominence in the State Capitol, where we can all
be reminded of the things they did.
Please correct me if any of the following statements are untrue.1.
Did Mrs Cannon leave Utah with her child and moved to England for two years
during the polygamist investigations? (Hardly the actions of a typical Utah
pioneer woman)?2. Did Mrs Cannon as she grew older leave Utah for
Southern California dying in Los Angeles in 1933? (She did not want to stay in
Utah )3. Did Mrs Cannon in the later years of her life have a
problem with "Self Medication"? (Look up the definition of self
medication)To satisfy political correctness is our legislature in
the infinite wisdom going to remove the statue of Philo Farnsworth and replace
it with this Utah Pioneer plural wife?
Philo belongs in a shrine or some kind of exhibit up on the mountain by the
transmitter sites. No more fitting place for him.
My question remains. If Mrs. Cannon were instead Mr. Cannon, would her
accomplishments outshine Philo Farnsworth?If the answer is honestly
"yes" then make the change.But if the primary reason Mrs.
Cannon seems worthy is because she was a woman, then keep her statue in the
State capital while leaving Farnsworth in the national capital.Enough with quotas and political correctness. Utah gets two statues in the
national capital and we've got two of well known people who are both
recognized less for political "contributions" than for scientific or
social contributions.Settlement of the West under the direction of
Brigham Young is a huge deal. The invention of TV and a couple hundred other
things is no small matter.Being the first woman/racial
minority/sexual minority/religious or ethnic minority to do something that lots
of others did previously simply doesn't compare.
Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
I don't understand why this is a one or the other issue.... there are
numerous statues all over DC... why can't two Utahns be honored????
I've read the list of statues and some states have more than one...
Utter Nonsense!Tradition and history means nothing to these jokers
on the Hill.This is nothing but appeasement to the PC police.Remember when they got rid of the Utah Blue Spruce as our Majestic State
Tree?And now they're going to kick out of Statuary Hall, one of the
the greatest inventors this Nation has ever seen? And by far, the greatest
inventor Utah has ever known?I'm sorry, but a State
Senator-M.D., born in Wales, who fought for the suffrage movement, can't
even be mentioned in the same breath with the man who enlightened the World with
over 300 U.S. and foreign patents. Among many others, his inventions
also contributed to the development of radar, infra-red night vision devices,
the electron microscope, the baby incubator, the gastroscope, and the
astronomical telescope.He alone solved the mystery of
"Electronic Television" which opened the door to the "Great
Technological Awakening".Philo Farnsworth was cheated by David
Sarnoff and RCA in life, as they vainly attempted to take credit for his
inspired work. Let's not cheat Utah's Native Son, once again.Do not strip Philo Farnsworth of his well deserved place in history!
All the school kids in Utah helped raise money for the Philo statue. The
representative's efforts to replace it are misplaced. That in no way
diminishes the accomplishments of women. It merely means that elected
representatives had all options when they chose Philo. I saw first hand the
entire process and was there with school children and leaders at the dedication
in DC. emb
What a close one: On one hand you have someone who impacted all women and
changed politics in this country for good. On the other, someone who impacted
all of us. I am, after all typing this onto a screen, you will all read this on
Put them both there. They are equally deserving.
The vast majority of the 100 statues there are of politicians no one ever heard
of or care about.She will be in good company there.But Philo;
everyone has benefited from his inventions. (TV was only the beginning.)Perhaps if he means so little to our Legislature, he belongs with the other
super heroes of science in the Smithsonian. Given the opportunity to visit
there, I would much rather see the Smithsonian than the National Capital.