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Did You Know the Emmys Wouldn’t Exist Without Princeton? TRUE!



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(yes, that’s me with a REAL Emmy – if ever get my own, i’ll tone down the grin ….)

Ever wonder why it’s called the “Emmy”?  ME TOO!  

It was almost called the “Ike”, a nickname for the iconoscope: the first television camera.

Since that name was already associated with Dwight Eisenhower, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences decided to name it after the image orthicon (or “immy”), a more advanced camera that WAS INVENTED AT RCA’S PRINCETON LABORATORIES! 

Eventually, the Academy changed the name from “Immy” to “Emmy,” and it has stayed that way ever since!  LOVE IT!

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