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Former ABC Television Executive, Verne Pointer, Dies at 87

Verne Pointer, whose career spanned 37 years at the ABC Television Network, died on August 22 at the age of 87.

Pointer began his association with ABC Television in 1948 and he remained with the network until his retirement in 1985 as vice president of engineering for the Broadcast Operations Engineering Division.

He was part of the engineering team that oversaw the transition of the network’s operations from black-and-white to color, and the move of ABC’s news operations from film to electronic cameras and videotape. He was also involved in the use of slow-motion replay techniques by ABC Sports, as well as in the adoption of one-inch videotape by the network. During his tenure, ABC won an Emmy award in connection with the use of circular polarization transmission technology at its Chicago O&O, WLS.

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