advances to affect broadcasting and program production since the beginning of television itself.''

He served as a member of many video magnetic recording standardization committees, including those of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America, and international standardization groups. He served the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers as chairman of its Study Group on Digital Television. This group was charged with determining the technical and economic feasibility of the transition to a completely digital operation throughout all of the facilities in a television broadcasting plant, up to the input to the transmitter.

Ginsburg has a number of publications to his credit, including "A New Magnetic Video Recording System," in Journal of SMPTE, May 1956, and "Comprehensive Description of the Ampex Video Tape Recorder," in that same journal in April 1957. He received seven U.S. patents and thirty-two foreign patents.

He was a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. In 1971 he was made a life fellow member of the Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania.

VTR team member Alex Maxey recalls Charles Ginsburg: "Everyone should have the opportunity in life to work for someone like Charlie Ginsburg …. Moreover, they should have such a dear friend … 'warts and all'."

Fred Pfost remembers him this way: "Charlie Ginsburg was a very fortunate person and we were all fortunate to know him and to benefit from his wisdom.

"… [It was] not his technical skills but his innate personality characteristics that allowed him to extract the finest from those who were associated with him. He also could smooth the troubled waters that occasionally deluge progress, and he could promote peace in a tribe of prima donnas. We who experienced the early rushes of success in video recording still recall the excitement and pleasure of the achievement and the closeness of our group with Charlie at the helm. May these memories remain with us forever."

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