History of the Emmy

drnewpicEmmy recognizes excellence in television performance and in direct relations to the Academy Awards(movies), Tony Awards(Theater), and Grammy Awards(music).

The first Emmy show occurred on January  25, 1949 at the Hollywood Athletic Club and was established by Academy Television Arts and Science. This very first Emmy show was created only to honor the local performers in the Los Angeles area.  Shirley Dinsdale was the first recipient of the first Emmy Award, for Most Outstanding Television Personality.

In 1955, the NATAS was formed for the east coast and televised nationwide. Eventually chapters throughout the United States of the NATAS were established and each held their own local Emmy Awards show.

Originally there was only one Emmy Awards show broadcast once a year. However, in 1974, that was all changed when the  Daytime Emmy Awards show aired for the first time.

In 1977, the ATAS and NATAS split over conflict, but both agreed to share the prestigious Emmy Award Statue and trademark, agreeing to abide by a specific set of rules.

Louis McManus created the statue depicting a winged woman holding an atom. Mr. McManus used his wife as the model for the female displayed on the statue. The academy rejected 47 proposals before agreeing on Mr. McManus’s sculpture.

The statue is a symbol of uplifting and supporting the art and science of television. The wings represent the muse of art while the atom represents the electron of science.

When deciding on the name for the award, the Academy founder, Syd Cassyd, originally suggested “Ike”, the nickname for the television icononscope tube. However, “Ike” was also the popular nickname of World War II hero and future U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and therefore the Academy members wanted something unique. Harry Lubcke, third Academy president and engineer, suggested the name, “Immy”, a term commonly used for the image orthicon tube used in the early cameras. After “Immy” was agreed upon, it was later feminized to the Emmy to match the female statuette.

Each statuette weighs six pounds, twelve – and – a- half ounces, made of copper, nickle, silver, and gold. She stands 15.5 inches tall, with a base diameter of 7.5 inches and weight at 88 ounces. The time it takes to make each statuette is approximately five – one-half hours and white gloves are used during creation and inspection to assure no fingerprints are left on the statuette.  The Regional Emmy Awards are made by Society Awards, a New York based company that also makes the Golden Globe Awards. The Primetime statues are manufactured by R.S. Owens Company based out of Chicago, which also manufactures the Academy Awards statutes.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Award#History   

We hope you enjoyed our final day of Emmy Awards Celebration Week. And remember to watch the show this Sunday. As you watch, remember our very own Linda L. Barton’s book, Next Move, You’re Dead, Trilogy will be  one of the one hundred books given to each attendee as  SWAG! Congratulations Linda! We’re very proud of you.

To learn about Linda’s book, Next Move, You’re Dead, please visit our official Deadly Reads website. Thanks and remember, get lost in a good book!

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