Runco Headlines 2011 CE Hall of Fame Class

Eleven inductees will join CEA's Hall in October

The Consumer Electronics Association Tuesday announced its 11-member CE Hall of Fame class for 2011, and it includes three executives: Runco International Founder Sam Runco, SanDisk cofounder Dr. Eli Harari and Hubbard Broadcasting CEO Stanley S. Hubbard.

Entering the Hall in the Inventor/Technologist category are: Brown Box and the Magnavox Odyssey developer Ralph Baer; flash memory inventor Dr. Fujio Masuoka of Toshiba; ethernet co-inventor Dr. Robert Metcalf of Xerox PARC; digital computer and digital circuit design theorist Claude Elwood Shannon and Viterbi algorithm inventor Dr. Andrew Viterbi.

The class also includes Tweeter founder Sandy Bloomberg and journalists Ivan Berger and Lance Braithwaite. The class will enter the CE Hall of Fame at the CEA Industry Forum in San Diego in October.

“The consumer electronics industry creates innovative products that make our lives better,” CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said as part of the announcement. “Innovative products come from innovative people, and the success of our industry is built upon technologies and products created by the leaders we honor in the CE Hall of Fame.”

Sam Runco shared his thoughts with us on the occasion of his induction.

“One of the smartest things I did was to learn how to listen to my dealer base and get the guys to really open up and tell me the truth. Sometimes it wasn’t easy, but it was necessary to succeed,” Runco said in an exclusive interview. “When I think that I am joining previous inductees such as Ray Dolby, Steve Jobs and Dr Harman, I am greatly humbled and extremly honored to be included with the other 2011 CE Hall of Fame inductees.”

“I did not initially know that projection systems would rule the video side of home theater,” he added. “No one can guess the future. I could never have imagined all of the technology that has evolved in our lifetome; some tech was so far ahead that things just happened to fall into place. I first thought the idea of projection based systems in a home theater would work going back to the late 1960s when I first saw the idea in Popular Science Magazine.

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