VP of Engineering helped bring slo-mo to net

Verne Pointer, a longtime employee of the ABC Television Network, died Aug. 22. He was 87.

Pointer began his career at the ABC Television Network in 1948, and remained with the network until his retirement in 1985 as VP of Engineering for the broadcast operations and engineering division.

Pointer oversaw technological advances during his 37 year career at ABC including the transition from black and white to color and moving from film to electronic cameras.

He oversaw the adoption of the one-inch format for videotape, as well as the system which allowed for slow motion replay on ABC Sports. Under his tenure, ABC won an Emmy after becoming the first network in the country to experiment with a CP antenna, which RCA had developed for WLS-TV in Chicago.

Pointer is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Doreen.

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