During the Harmonic press conference April 22 at the NAB Show, Ian Trow, senior director, emerging technology and strategy at the company, announced Blue Man Group would be making a couple of appearances at its booth during the show.
It seems Harmonic had worked with the entertainers on a 360 VR experience, so their presence at the booth made sense in a Vegas sort of way.
The announcement immediately took me back to another entertainer I stumbled upon making a presentation at a satellite service provider’s booth during a long-ago NAB Show.
That entertainer was the late Professor Irwin Corey, the world’s foremost authority, who died in February at age 102.
I think I first saw him when I was a very young boy on the Steve Allen Show with other funny men like Louis Nye, Tom Poston and Don Knotts.
To hear the professor explain the intricacies of satellite communications in his trademark wandering, convoluted style was just as delicious as those comedic ramblings I remembered from my youth. I only wish I had a video of that NAB exhibit floor performance.
The more I think about his explanation, the more I realize that many of the booth visits I have had with vendors over the years at the NAB Show have been equally insightful.
If you are too young to remember Professor Irwin Corey, check out the video and imagine how he would have conveyed an explanation of earth stations, satellites and transmission. Enjoy.