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Modern Day Black History [Part 5/7] – Jerry Lawson

Martin Luther King, Jr. Harriet Tubman. Malcolm X. Shirley Chisholm. When it comes to Black History Month, we all know the lineup of notable contributors to Black history, however history–specifically black history for the purpose of this blog series–is made everyday. Check out today’s spotlight.

Name: Jerry Lawson

Occupation: Engineer

The Wikipedia Summary: Gerald Anderson “Jerry” Lawson (December 1, 1940 – April 9, 2011) was an American electronic engineer known for his work in designing the Fairchild Channel F video game console.

Personal Note: Had to skip to the “personal note” part on this first. The Wikipedia summary above (and the subsequent article) is very brief and does not do this pioneer justice. For example, “known for his work in designing the Fairchild Channel F video game console” is hardly an appropriate homage to HOW this changed the face of video games played at home. Lawson’s “Fairchild Channel F video game console” was the first “console developed around its own microprocessor”.

What does THAT mean? Simple. Lawson developed the first “self contained game”–or as it is better known–a game cartridge.

NOW think about all the gaming systems that used to used game cartridges (like Atari, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Neo Geo, Sega Genesis, etc).

Bottom line… if it wasn’t for Lawson creating the first cartridge-based video gaming system (whether you’ve heard of a “Channel F” or not), we’d still have to go to arcades to play video games and nobody would know about code 007 373 5963 to go directly to Mike Tyson on “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out” for NES. Could you imagine???

And now to a more appropo article on this great engineer:

Learn More: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_17531389

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