Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/02/26

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica] Ed Bradley and Sixty Minutes
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 21:51:15 -0500
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At 09:55 AM 2/26/04 -0500, Rolfe Tessem wrote:
>There was no satellite uplink in Saigon, nor was there the capability 
>to transmit video terrestrially, not to mention that the development of 
>small video cameras was still almost a decade in the future, so this 
>must have been a neat trick. Of course, daytime in Vietnam is the 
>middle of the night here, but I guess we're not bothering with the 
>details of this supposed story.
>This one goes straight to the Urban Legends repository.

No, as I saw the broadcast, which Uncle Walter stated was made earlier that
day.  Uncle Walter wouldn't lie, would he?  And the capacity for a
satellite uplink was already a very small mechanical component which could
easily be mounted in a deuce-and-a-half:  I was trained on military
equivalents a couple of years later which were substantially smaller.
There was no reason to get Saigon involved.

This was a huge issue at the time and there were both Congressional and FCC
hearings on it.  In the end, of course, nothing was done at the time.

Marc  FAX:  +540/343-7315
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