News Of Interest to Mercurians

Journal of Space Communication

The Online Journal of Space Communication is a cross-disciplinary scholarly publication distributed online free of charge and designed to advance space communication as a profession and academic discipline. Issued four times a year, the journal will provide in-depth studies of satellite and space communication relating to education and manpower development, innovation and technology, economy and business development, services and applications, regulation and public policy, social impact, and regional development. To date, the first issue has dealt with education and training, while the second looked at innovation and technology (specifically NASAís Advanced Communica-tions Technology Satellite). The third will survey services and applications, especially remote sensing. Each issue will strive to make complex historical, tech-nical, economic, regulatory, and social issues more accessible and understandable, and will provide a historical perspective to stimulate discussion. The journalís editor is Prof. Don Flournoy Director of the Insti-tute for Telecommunications Studies, Ohio University at Athens. The Academic Council of the Society of Satellite Professionals Interna-tional (SSPI) serves as the journalís editorial board under the chairmanship of Joseph Pelton, Professor and Director of the Telecommunications Program at George Washington University. Prof. Flournoy welcomes suggestions for ways to improve the journal, as well as thoughts about future topics and guest editors. Readers will find the journal available at:

Request for Mercuriansí Help

Producer/Director Edward A. Wesolowski, Jr. is seeking members of SHOT and the Mercurians who specialize in the history of telecommunications and television. He is considering producing a broadcast documentary program that describes parallels between the transition from B&W to color television, 1954-1970, and the current transition to High Definition Television. He welcomes background information, locations of archives, and commentary about the technology, as well as the political and economic history of the transition. Mr. Wesolowski also is seeking recommendations of individuals to contact regarding potential project partners from academia, industry (manufacturers of retail and commercial production, transmission and reception equipment), and foundations. The program, being developed in cooperation with a PBS affiliate, examines:
- Penetration in the marketplace (projected and actual) of communications technology, color and HDTV.
- Social and economic implications of the current government, FCC, transition mandate (2003-2006).
- Analog spectrum-space return to the U.S. government.
- CRT and flat panel television hardware transition.
Mr. Wesolowski would prefer, but is not restricting, respondents to be individuals from the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina. If you can help, please contact him at: or 919-960-0023.

AT&T Bell Labs TV

On April 7, 1927, a group of newspaper reporters and dignitaries gathered at the AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories auditorium in New York City to see the first U.S. demonstration of something new: television. Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover provided the "entertainment," as his live picture and voice traveled over telephone lines from Washington, D.C., to New York City. "Today we have, in a sense, the transmission of sight for the first time in the world's history," Hoover said. "Human genius has now destroyed the impediment of distance in a new respect, and in a manner hitherto unknown."

A second telecast followed that day, via radio transmission from Whippany, N.J. The telecasts demonstrated television's potential as an adjunct to telephone service and as a medium for entertainment. Newspapers trumpeted AT&T's achievement as the latest wonder in an age of wonders. Herbert Ives, the AT&T researcher who led the tele-vision project, followed that triumph with color television in 1929 and two-way interactive television in 1930, using video telephone booths connecting the AT&T and Bell Labs headquarters buildings in New York.

To learn more, visit the web site that Mercurian Sheldon Hochheiser has created to celebrate the achievement: