In 1950, Grandpa Bob graduated from the American Television Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Television Engineering.  After further research, I discovered that television was in America’s consciousness as far back as the 1920s.

According to The Early Television Museum in Hilliard, Ohio, the American Television Institute of Technology (Chicago, Detroit, and Los Angeles) was founded in the mid-1930s by Ulises Armand Sanabria (1906-1969) , an engineering prodigy from Chicago.  The school provided 6,000 men with  4-year training courses, resulting in the distribution of the first Bachelor of Science degrees in Television Engineering.  Source:

1947 advertisement. Source:

1947 advertisement. Source:

Grandpa’s class picture from the American Television Institute of Technology. You can find Grandpa in the middle row, fourth from the left.

A close-up of Grandpa. Age: early 20s

It was awesome to discover that my grandpa was at the forefront of technology that we all have lived with our entire lives.  He and the other thousands of men who were grandpa’s contemporaries saw television as the defining moment of their lives and their future success.  They were willing to invest their time and money into obtaining a degree in a form of technology that could have easily disintegrated in popularity.  Luckily, their gamble payed off.