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Man Behind Initials of WTTG Dies

Adam Bernstein

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.

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 13, 2009; 2:01 PM ET
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Cool and endearing trivia, Adam - thanks. Let's hear it for those old engineers.

Posted by: rpkelly | March 13, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Very interesting.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 13, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Why do all the postmortem reporters look so happy?

Posted by: opita1 | March 13, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

What a shame.... Not only his passing, but the few who know about television history as well. We have forgotten or never learned about Dumont Television Sets and the Dumont Television Network.

The Metromedia Company has long since passed into the hands of 20th Century Fox, which was acquired by Rupert Murdoch and is hardly the same as it once was.

There was a time when you went to a TV store to purchase the latest and greatest sets. My favorite place to go would be either Earl "Mad Man" Muntz in Van Nuys or Victor Mature's TV, in West Los Angeles.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | March 13, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Why do all the postmortem reporters look so happy?
Posted by: opita1
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Because ones death is an opportunity to celebrate their life.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 13, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Why do all the postmortem reporters look so happy?

Posted by: opita1 | March 13, 2009 4:15 PM
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Good point. Along the same lines, the title of this blog has always seemed inappropriate me. This really isn't the place for a bad pun, don't you think??

Posted by: beegrace123 | March 13, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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