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Well, they gave us the go-ahead but by that time the horse was so far down the track that you couldn't catch up with it. That's all it is. That's why it was an empty bag.

We had the right. We did some broadcasting. Then the Korean War came along and --


By that time you had a manufacturing company.


Yes. And Wilson said -- he was the head of war production or whatever they called that office at that time -- he didn't want to see any development using more strategic or important metals and materials. Materials -- I've forgotten what his post was, but he was the czar of manufacturing.

So he called all of us into a conference down there and Sarnoff and the head of Philco and all the other companies gathered around the table. And he said, “I'd like you to pull back on developing color until we get this war out of the way.”

At that point, I closed down our color operation, closed down the manufacturing of color sets, and went straightforward into black and white.

But when we went back to reapply, the FCC didn't put us in the same position we'd been in before. We had to get at the end of the line.


For the black and white licenses.

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