TelePrompTer Inventor Dies at 91

By Alex Weprin 

Last week, the TV news business lost one of its most important figures… and it is someone most viewers have never heard of.

Hubert “Hub” Schlafly Jr. passed away last week at age 91.

Schlafly was the inventor of the device that became known as the the TelePrompTer. TelePrompTer revolutionized the way politicians–and news anchors– addressed the public. The device, and others of its ilk, are nearly ubiquitous in TV newsrooms.

Schlafly was director of TV research at 20th Century Fox at the time of the invention, a job he quit to form the TelePrompTer company. The device’s first use was in the CBS soap opera “The First Hundred Years.”

Read more about Schlafly from his obituary in the Washington Post.