"Invention is just another way of expressing yourself and what people can do. You can pick up on something that hasn't been uncovered yet. I don't like the fighting over patents. The reason for patenting something is to be able to have something to give to people, not for the money."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Romilly Rutherford (1908-2002) talks about his early years building crystal radio sets while experimenting with sight and sound. He describes becoming a machinist and joining the Merchant Marine. He recounts at length his work in the laboratory of Philo T. Farnsworth, recalling the financing of the lab, the first pictures transmitted, and early test broadcasts. He discusses his later years with Farnsworth, including Farnsworth building a television studio in 1936, as well as the television demonstration at the Franklin Institute and the television demonstration at the 1939 World's Fair. He concludes by giving his and what he imagines Farnsworth's opinions world be of the then-current state of television and sharing some pictures form his career. Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 22, 1997 in San Diego, CA.