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Clint Eastwood CLINT EASTWOOD 1930- ; American film actor and director
Americans have produced only two authentically original means of expression: jazz and westerns. • quoted in Michèle Weinberger: 'Clint Eastwood' in Rivages/Cinéma
P P Eckersley P P ECKERSLEY Captain P P (Peter) ECKERSLEY
1892-1963; first Chief Engineer of the British Broadcasting Company/Corporation 1922-1929; sacked by John Reith because of his divorce
The BBC was formed as an expedient solution of a technical problem; it owes its existence solely to the scarcity of wavelengths. The Power Behind the Microphone, 1942
Umberto Eco UMBERTO ECO 1932- ; Italian critic and novelist
Don’t switch off your set; switch on your critical freedom. • Source unknown
Thomas Edison THOMAS Alva EDISON 1847-1931; American inventor
1 [Potential uses of the phonograph:]
1. Letter writing and all kinds of dictation without the aid of a stenographer.
2. Phonographic books, which will speak to blind people without effort on their part.
3. The teaching of elocution.
4. Reproduction of music.
5. The 'Family Record'—a registry of sayings, reminiscences, etc, by members of a family in their own voices, and of the last words of dying persons.
6. Music-boxes and toys.
7. Clocks that should announce in articulate speech the time for going home, going to meals, etc.
8. The preservation of languages by exact reproduction of the manner of pronouncing.
9. Educational purposes; such as preserving the explanations made by a teacher, so that the pupil can refer to them at any moment, and spelling or other lessons placed upon the phonograph for convenience in committing to memory.
10. Connection with the telephone, so as to make that instrument an auxiliary in the transmission of permanent and invaluable records, instead of being the recipient of momentary and fleeting communication.
North American Review, June 1878. Edison had filed for a patent on the phonograph six months earlier in December 1877, which was granted on 19 February 1878.
2 In my opinion, nothing is of greater importance to the success of the motion picture interests than films of good moral tone. Moving Picture World, 21 December 1907
3 The talking pictures are very crude as yet. It will take a year to perfect them and my new invention. • Interview in the New York Tribune, September 1913
4 Americans require a restful quiet in the moving picture theater and for them talking from the lips of the figures on the screen destroys the illusion. ... The idea is not practical. The stage is the place for the spoken word. • May 1926.
Edison had developed an interest in moving pictures in combination with his improved phonograph in 1888 but he (or more likely W K L Dickson) never succeeded in producing a viable technology.
5 I don’t know what to say. This is the first time I ever spoke into one of these things [a microphone]. ... Good night. • Speech at a National Electric Light Association dinner, Atlantic City, 19 May 1926
See also Julian Hawkins
A S C Ehrenberg A S C EHRENBERG Professor, London Business School
Our wives have to watch television because we’re doing other things all the time and can’t take them out to the opera. • May 1985
  A S C EHRENBERG and T P BARWISE Professors, London Business School
The revenue potential of narrowcasting to specific minority groups is small: such groups watch general television (like everybody else). For similar reasons there is virtually no scope for producing local access and community programmes which people will actually watch. • Evidence to Hunt Committee, 1982
cf Go to Richard Dunn Richard Dunn
Albert Einstein ALBERT EINSTEIN 1879-1955; German-born US physicist
1 It was not the discovery of the atom but of the film that had the greatest influence on mankind. • source unknown
2 You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat. • source unknown. Schrödinger's views on the subject are unknown.
Dwight Eisenhower DWIGHT David EISENHOWER 1890-1969; US President 1953-1961
I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens. • Source unknown. Eisenhower gave the first televised half-hour press conference
Michael Eisner MICHAEL EISNER Michael Dammann Eisner
1942- ; President, Paramount Pictures (1976-1984); Chairman/CEO, Walt Disney Company (1984-2005)
1 The video revolution, which is really an evolution, has become a pre-occupation. ... Abandoning [movie theatres] for the seductive world of videocassettes, pay TV or multi-channel cable is suicidal at this juncture. • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences luncheon, Hollywood, January 1981
2 A T S Eliot Waste Land of home-bound, high-tech zombies. • 1994
  T C ELDER Director, Stoll Picture Productions 1920-1926
There certainly are more brains in Britain than in Hollywood, which is a blot upon the universe. • on British film producers competing with American, quoted in The New York Times 24 January 1926
T S Eliot T S ELIOT Thomas Stearns Eliot
1888-1965; poet, playwright, Nobel Laureate for literature 1948
1 The fears expressed by my American friends were not such as could be allayed by the provision of only superior and harmless programmes: they were concerned with the television habit, whatever the programme might be. • letter to The Times, 20 December 1950
2 You must have been leading a quiet life! Don't you go to the movies? The Cocktail Party Act III, 1950
3 It [television] is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. New York Post, 22 September 1963
  Sir FRED EMERY J F Emery
proprietor of Manchester-based cinema circuit (founded 1919); Mayor of Salford 1932-33; MP for West Salford 1935-45
If they got the same reception as they did at the cinemas, the situation would sort itself out. • backing his proposal to select loss-making films for release to television, c.1958
Empedocles EMPEDOCLES c.500-c.430 BC; Greek natural philosopher
Sight is produced by the fire inside the eye going forth to meet the object.  
Julius Epstein JULIUS EPSTEIN 1909-2000; American screenwriter
We slammed on the brakes. We looked at each other and shouted at the same time—I swear to you, at the very same time—'Round up the usual suspects!'. • Of the scene in Casablanca; cited in Epstein's obituary in The Times
Harold Evans HAROLD EVANS British-born journalist and editor (Northern Echo, The Sunday Times, The Times)
The camera cannot lie. But it can be an accessory to untruth. • Source unknown
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