I am one who would encourage caution before rushing in to replace the Philo T. Farnsworth statue in Washington, D.C. Clearly, the contributions of Martha Hughes Cannon are significant, but what can compare with the fact that so many of us watched live as the first man walked on the moon? The impact on the world of the capability of transmitting a live event into living rooms all over the world is beyond the ability of words to capture it. Admittedly, programming is a different discussion, but let us not lose track of the absolutely unique international contribution that this Utahn made to the lives of so many.3 comments on this story
And what a shame to negate the wonderful efforts of those school children in the 1980s who broke through the bureaucracy to get the Farnsworth statue established in the first place, not to mention his early work on the process of cold fusion.
I hope that those involved in this decision would become thoroughly familiar with the struggles and impact of Farnsworth’s work, and weigh it carefully, before perhaps letting go of the memorialization of someone and something so uniquely precious to Utah and to the world.