“I Invented Electronic Television…When I Was 14 Years Old”

Philo T. Farnsworth, the Utah-born whiz kid who was hugely responsible for the creation of television, appearing on the medium he helped birth, on I’ve Got a Secret, in 1957. It may seem odd that someone who did something so monumental could appear to be anonymous on the show, but Farnsworth wasn’t widely known for his invention during his life. Even though the architecture of the medium has morphed wildly in the last two decades, we still watch his magic picture box in one form or another.