"An engineer puts together things in a way that they can be used by others to manufacture things, or to use them, or to inspire additional research."
About This Interview
In his three-hour-and-fifteen-minute Archive interview, Sam Christaldi (1914-2008) speaks of his early life and influences and his education. He recounts going to work for the Du Mont company as part of the team helping to engineer and develop technical standards for television sets and broadcasts. He outlines World War II's effect on the development of television, and what Du Mont did for the war effort. Christaldi talks about Allen B. Du Mont and his vision for television, and Du Mont's hopes to start and maintain a network. He details the development of color television, and the haggling over standards with RCA and other corporations. He recounts the decline and eventual dismantling of Du Mont network, and discusses his post-Du Mont career. Michael Rosen conducted the interview on October 25, 1999 in Montclair, NJ.