CEA 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees Named

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Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today named the 2010 inductees into the CE Hall Of Fame.

The newcomers will be officially inducted into the Hall during the CEA's Fall Forum, to be held in San Francisco from Oct. 17-20.

Leading the way in the retailers category are Joe and Rachelle Friedman, founders of J&R Music and Computer World. The couple started this New York City institution in 1971 with a 500 square-foot store, which has since been expanded to fill an entire city block.

Brothers David and Eugene Mondry will be inducted for building Highland Superstores, founded by their father, into a major CE retail powerhouse.

The final retailer is Al Sotoloff, an executive with Silo Appliance City, one of the first big-box format CE/appliance dealers and a former NATM member.

The 2010 inductees in the sales, marketing and corporate executives category are Richard Kraft, Frank McCann and Frederik Philips.

Kraft was the first U.S. president of Panasonic Corp. of North America, while McCann led PR efforts at RCA and then Thomson to help launch the VCR, DVD player, DirecTV and HDTV.

Philips was president of Philips during World War II. He helped save the lives of 382 Jews when he told Nazi officials that they were indispensable workers for a Philips factory, according to his CEA bio. In addition, Philips led his company when it developed the compact audio cassette medium.

The latest founders/inventors are Dr. Lauren Christopher, who managed the team of engineers that created the digital satellite system for DirecTV.

Dr. Larry Weber, a pioneer in developing plasma display panels, will be inducted along with Dr. Ivan Getting and Dr. Bradford Parkinson for inventing GPS.

Finally, Cynthia Upson, past VP at CEA, will be honored in the miscellaneous category. Upson was a communications and public relations guru who worked creatively to promote industry issues including the International CES, home theater, digital TV and HDTV, CEA said.


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