Man Behind Initials of WTTG Dies
A leading engineer for the old DuMont TV network has died. His link to Washington was brief but enduring, having given his initials to WTTG (Channel 5).
Thomas Toliver Goldsmith Jr. died March 5 at age 99. He was a retired director of research at the Allen B. DuMont Laboratories in Passaic, N.J.
The DuMont labs made TVs, and Allen DuMont started the flagship station in New York. It was WABD, named after the company head. But station number two, which started in Washington as W3XWT in 1945, was soon reborn as WTTG -- after Mr. Goldsmith's initials.
WTTG was later bought by Metromedia, the conglomerate long led by John Kluge, who turns 95 this year.
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