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Passing of the great Jerry Lawson
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:32:07 am »

Gerald Lawson dies at 70; engineer brought cartridge-based video game consoles to life

Probably only important to those remaining intact geeks who went through adolescence in the 70's and 80's.

His mother saw to it that he received a good education.

"When she went to a school, she would interview the teachers, the principal, and if they didn't pass her test, I didn't go to that school," he said in a 2009 interview with the website Vintage Computing and Gaming.

A photo of black scientist and inventor George Washington Carver on the wall next to his desk in the first grade -- and a comment by his teacher -- made a lasting impact on young Lawson.

"She said, 'This could be you,'" he recalled in the 2009 interview. "Now, the point I'm getting at is, this kind of influence is what led me to feel, 'I want to be a scientist. I want to be something.'" While growing up, he made and sold walkie-talkies, built an amateur radio station in the housing project his family lived in and repaired TVs at different shops.

"GREAT COMEBACK FOR STOCK MARKET" - Front page, Spokane Daily Chronicle, October 22nd, 1929

"I believe it is the duty of each of us to act as if the fate of the world depended on him. Admittedly, one man by himself cannot do the job. However, one man can make a difference..." -Adm. Hyman G. Rickover
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