STAGING PIONEERS PRESENT: THE SIXTIES

by Nicholas Voss

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For many of us The Sixties isn’t about the early 1960s of JFK, the British Invasion, go-go boots, or the Vietnam War.  For me, The Sixties, is the time when several audiovisual entrepreneurs got their start.  It is also the time of tremendous technology advances. We put a man on the moon!

Those days were unlike any our generation had heard of before, much less experienced. And it all sprang up so quickly.

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Highlights:

  • The birth of Sports Marketing
  • The first laser
  • The Kodak Carousel projector
  • STAGING TECHNIQUES
  • CLAIR BROTHERS
  • The audio cassette
  • The inception of hotel AV commissions (only 15% equipment only!)
  • The plasma display
  • The LCD projector
  • Par 64
  • Wynne AV (later AVW, now Freeman AV)
  • Slide programming
  • Shure SM57 and SM58
  • JACK ROOT enters the AV business
  • STAGE SOUND a.k.a. AUDIO VISUAL AMERICA (later Bauer, TAVS, Caribiner, et. al., now PSAV Phoenix)
  • COMMUNICO (later Maritz Communications)
  • AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEMS, INC. (AVS-Chicago)
  • Christian music influences the audiovisual industry (or perhaps it is the other way around)
  • ¾” U-matic video tape machines
  • The term “multi-media” is coined

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Press play to watch the 18-minute “Sixties” history of Audiovisual and Staging Pioneers:

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Come back in the Fall of 2013 to see the 1970s history of our great industry!

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