The RCA Corporation was a major American electronics company, founded as the Radio Corporation of America in 1919. It was a wholly owned subsidiary of General Electric. An innovative and progressive company, RCA was the dominant electronics and communications firm in the United States for over five decades. RCA was at the forefront of the mushrooming radio industry in the early 1920s, as a major manufacturer of radio receivers, the exclusive manufacturer of the first superheterodyne models. RCA created the first nationwide American radio network, the National Broadcasting Company; the company was a pioneer in the introduction and development of television, both black-and-white and color television. During this period, RCA was identified with the leadership of David Sarnoff, he was general manager at the company's founding, became president in 1930, remained active, as chairman of the board, until the end of 1969. During the 1970s, RCA's impregnable stature began to weaken as it attempted to expand from its main focus of the development and marketing of consumer electronics into a diversified multinational conglomerate.
The company suffered enormous financial losses in the mainframe computer industry and other failed projects such as the CED videodisc. Though the company rebounded by the mid 1980s, RCA was reacquired by General Electric in 1986, which over the next few years liquidated most of the corporation's assets. Today, RCA exists as a brand name only. RCA originated as a reorganization of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America. In 1897, the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company, was founded in London to promote the radio inventions of Guglielmo Marconi; as part of worldwide expansion, in 1899 American Marconi was organized as a subsidiary company, holding the rights to use the Marconi patents in the United States and Cuba. In 1912 it took over the assets of the bankrupt United Wireless Telegraph Company, from that point forward it had been the dominant radio communications company in the United States. With the entry of the United States into World War One in April 1917, the government took over most civilian radio stations, to use them for the war effort.
Although the overall U. S. government plan was to restore civilian ownership of the seized radio stations once the war ended, many Navy officials hoped to retain a monopoly on radio communication after the war. Defying instructions to the contrary, the Navy began purchasing large numbers of stations outright. With the conclusion of the conflict, Congress turned down the Navy's efforts to have peacetime control of the radio industry, instructed the Navy to make plans to return the commercial stations it controlled, including the ones it had improperly purchased, to the original owners. Due to national security considerations, the Navy was concerned about returning the high-powered international stations to American Marconi, since a majority of its stock was in foreign hands, the British largely controlled the international undersea cables; this concern was increased by the announcement in late 1918 of the formation of the Pan-American Wireless Telegraph and Telephone Company, a joint venture between American Marconi and the Federal Telegraph Company, with plans to set up service between the United States and South America.
The Navy had installed a high-powered Alexanderson alternator, built by General Electric, at the American Marconi transmitter site in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It proved to be superior for transatlantic transmissions to the spark transmitters, traditionally used by the Marconi companies. Marconi officials were so impressed by the capabilities of the Alexanderson alternators that they began making preparations to adopt them as their standard transmitters for international communication. A tentative plan made with General Electric proposed that over a two-year period the Marconi companies would purchase most of GE's alternator production. However, this proposal was met with disapproval, on national security grounds, by the U. S. Navy, concerned that this would guarantee British domination of international radio communication; the Navy, claiming it was acting with the support of President Wilson, looked for an alternative that would result in an "all-American" company taking over the American Marconi assets.
In April 1919 two naval officers, Admiral H. G. Bullard and Commander S. C. Hooper, met with GE's president, Owen D. Young, asking that he suspend the pending alternator sales to the Marconi companies; this move would leave General Electric without a buyer for its transmitters, so the officers proposed that GE purchase American Marconi, use the assets to form its own radio communications subsidiary. Young consented to this proposal, effective November 20, 1919, transformed American Marconi into the Radio Corporation of America; the new company was promoted as being a patriotic gesture. RCA's incorporation papers required that its officers needed to be U. S. citizens, with a majority of its stock held by Americans. RCA retained most of the American Marconi staff, although Owen Young became the new company's head as the chairman of the board. Former American Marconi vice president and general manager E. J. Nally be
William John Patterson was a Liberal politician and Premier of Saskatchewan, Canada. He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in the 1921 election, he succeeded James G. Gardiner to become the province's first Saskatchewan-born premier in 1935. Patterson's leadership was considered to be uninspired, he was unable to resist the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation's rise to power in the 1944 election under Tommy Douglas. Patterson's Liberals were reduced to five seats in the Legislature, he resigned as Liberal leader in 1946. Patterson served as the tenth Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan from 1951 to 1958, becoming the first person to have been both Premier and lieutenant governor of the province. Paterson was born on May 13, 1886, in Grenfell in what was the District of Assiniboia of the North-West Territories, his father, John Patterson, had moved to Grenfell in 1882 to work as a railway section foreman during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. His mother, Catherine Fraser, was an immigrant from Scotland.
Patterson left school at 15 and found work first at a bank and in the Saskatchewan Department of Telephones. Following the outbreak of World War I, Patterson in 1916 enlisted in the Canadian Army, serving as a cavalry officer, he was wounded in September 1918. Upon his return to Saskatchewan after the war, he studied law in Grenfell under lawyer G. C. Neff and moved to Windthorst, Saskatchewan to set up a financial and insurance agency. Patterson ran in the Saskatchewan general election of 1921, as the Saskatchewan Liberal Party's candidate for the constituency of Pipestone. Patterson took his seat in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Patterson held several cabinet positions in governments headed by Premier James Garfield Gardiner, he was reelected in the 1925 election and the 1929 election, but in the latter case, the Liberals lost the election and so Patterson moved to the Opposition. In the 1934 election, the Liberals returned to power, Patterson returned to cabinet. In 1935, Premier Gardiner left provincial politics to become Canadian Minister of Agriculture under Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Patterson was elected as Gardiner's successor as leader of the Liberal Party of Saskatchewan and Premier of Saskatchewan. Taking office in the midst of the Great Depression, Patterson sought to extend social programs to assist those in need, his government increased funding for education, enacted pension and debt relief legislation, expanded public funding for treatment of tuberculosis and polio. However, Patterson subscribed to the conventional wisdom of the day that deficit spending would ruin the province's credit and he thus therefore refused to run a budget deficit, instead funding the increased government spending through a new sales tax, his government passed legislation making it easier to form credit unions, permitting the formation of unions, increasing labour standards. Patterson continued to serve as premier. In the 1944 election, the Liberals were defeated by the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, under the leadership of Tommy Douglas. Patterson served as Leader of the Opposition until 1946.
He remained a Member of the Legislative Assembly and was a candidate in the 1948 election, was re-elected as the member from Cannington. Following his resignation, Patterson took up a position with the federal Board of Transport Commissioners. In 1951, Patterson was appointed as the first Saskatchewan-born Lieutenant Governor, he served in this post until 1958. Upon Patterson's retirement, Douglas introduced special legislation to provide Patterson with a pension to thank for his many years of service to the province. Patterson lived in retirement until his death in Regina, on June 10, 1976. William John Patterson, Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
This is a list of Kansas State Wildcats football players drafted into the National Football League and American Football League. Kansas State has had a total of 147 players selected – including five players taken in the first round – from the first NFL Draft in 1936 through the 2019 NFL Draft. Kansas State has an active streak of having at least one player drafted into the NFL for 26 consecutive years. After the NFL merged with the AFL in 1966, the history of the AFL was adopted by the NFL and therefore this list includes players taken in the AFL Draft and in the Common Draft in addition to the NFL Draft. Once the AFL merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" became the NFL Draft; because four KSU players were selected in both the NFL and AFL drafts, the total number of selections listed below is 151, through the 2019 draft. Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft; the draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, so on.
Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced based on their round of elimination. A selection of notable KSU football players who entered the NFL outside the draft includes: Bert Pearson entered the NFL in 1929, before the draft began. In an eight-year career with the Chicago Bears he was part of two NFL championship teams. Doug Russell entered the NFL in 1934, he led the league in playing for the Chicago Cardinals. Paul Coffman entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1978, he is in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Damian Johnson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1986 and played for the New York Giants' Super Bowl XXI-winning team. Kendyl Jacox entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 1998, he had a nine-year NFL career, starting 93 games on the offensive line. Ryan Lilja entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2004, he had an eight-year NFL career, starting in 104 games on the offensive line and playing for the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI winning team.
Nine KSU players were selected by other leagues directly challenging the NFL: two were drafted in the 1948 All-America Football Conference draft, two were selected in the 1983 USFL Draft, three were selected in the 1984 USFL Draft, two more in the 1985 USFL Draft. Many of these players played in the NFL. List of Kansas State University people