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Apr262011

Teleprompter Inventor Dies at 91

Matthew Ward/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you’ve seen a major political speech in the past generation, you know the work of Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly Jr. -- the man who changed public address in America. Schlafly, the inventor of the TelePrompTer, died April 20 in Connecticut. He was 91.

Schlafly, a TV engineer, developed the device in the 1950s to help soap opera actors remember their lines, according to the Washington Post.

But it is politicians who made the device, which has evolved with technology, most famous. A seamlessly executed teleprompter-aided speech allows the speaker to read from notes while giving the impression that the speech is given from memory.

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