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THIS WEEK'S HONORARY UNSUBSCRIBE goes to Carl G. Eilers. When he went to work for Zenith Electronics in 1948, Eilers' assignment was to work on "Phonevision", or pay television. "Even then he developed the core concepts that are used today, such as scrambling a signal and you only get an unscrambled signal if you pay for it," a Zenith spokesman said. But Eilers is better known for a couple of other Zenith innovations: he led the team that created the standard for FM stereo, which was adopted by the FCC in 1961 and is still in use today, and Eilers later expanded that work for another medium: TV. Zenith's multichannel television sound, or stereo TV with a "separate audio program" that for instance could carry the soundtrack in other languages, was adopted industry- wide in 1984. Eilers stayed at the company for 50 years before retiring. He died June 20 from an apparent heart attack at 83.
Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind! - Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)