Deseret News
Letter to the editor

I was saddened to learn the Utah Legislature has voted to depose the statue of Philo T. Farnsworth in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Sadly, many have already lost even a knowledge of his contributions. Farnsworth is too easily cast and too often dismissed as one of America's independent inventors. He was a man who struggled against growing corporate America. His life and character were indivisible from his work. Perhaps equally important, if you want a female representative in the Rotunda, you might consider Elma G. Farnsworth, Philo's wife standing at Philo's side. She worked constantly in Farnsworth's laboratories as well as in their home.

Philo was a scientist whose inventions changed the world. "One of the greatest minds of the century," Time magazine declared. "He was an America original, brilliant, idealistic, undaunted by obstacles." How can you strip Philo T. Farnsworth from this position in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda? This is a sad day. Just my opinion.

Donald Godfrey

Queen Creek, Arizona