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Richard Watson

Richard Watson, a camera operator who worked at KTLA for 46 years, died Thursday in Los Angeles following a short illness. He was 70.

Watson began his career at KTLA as a stagehand in 1953. He moved up to the position of camera operator by 1959, and in that year, he shot “The Wrangler,” the only Western ever filmed on videotape.

He contributed to KTLA’s coverage of the Rose Parade and provided the first color camera coverage in 1955.

Additionally, at the Los Angeles Open in 1964, Watson operated the first handheld camera at a sporting event.

In 1998, Watson helped launch KTLA-DT, which provided a high- definition broadcast of John Glenn’s shuttle launch.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

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