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Vivian, Harold NY NBC radio engineer 1930
Posted by: Cyber Angel (ID *****0850) Date: February 21, 2010 at 06:55:57
In Reply to: Re: Vivian's in Simcoe County, ON, Canada by Lorraine Diane Vivian of 463

Unknown if he is yours but the article posted on Newspaper abstracts so stunned me I had to post it.

Description: Body Spliced Broken Link
The Huntsville Daily Times
Date: January 21 1930
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Library
Page/Column: Page 10, Column 8

Body Spliced Broken Link
NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (AP) – His arms twitching with shocks from electric current, Harold Vivian, a young radio engineer, literally spliced with his body a broken link in the vast hookup and made it possible to listeners in on 59 North American radio stations to hear King George’s speech today.
Just a few minutes before the king began his address which opened the naval conference in London somebody in the control room of the Columbia Broadcasting Company tripped over the wires to the generator which energizes the entire network.
Vivian, chief control operator, grasped the wires together in his hands to restore the circuit. Leakage of current through his body to the floor shook his arms with spasms, but he held on without a break for 20 minutes until new wires could be connected.

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