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TelePrompTer text read by Vice President Walter F. Mondale at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.
"Grapefruit bag" for carrying NBC news videotapes
The fast-paced environment of television news demands speedy transfer of footage from location to processing and then to the broadcast. This "grapefruit bag" was used to transport NBC news videotapes during the 2000 presidential primaries.
Set for Meet the Press, 1975
Meet the Press,
the longest-running series on television, debuted November 6, 1947. Originally conceived as a radio program to promote publisher Lawrence E. Spivak's American Mercury magazine, Meet the Press brought televised political discussions into American living rooms.

In its earliest guise, the program's half-hour format featured Spivak as moderator and sometime panelist, a panel of four Washington journalists, and a guest. Today it is more of a conversation than an unrehearsed press conference.

The moderator's desk and chair and the signage date to 1975, the year Spivak retired from the program.

This cartoon from Campaigns & Elections, a 1990 newsletter for campaign specialists, depicts the transition from old-line party managers to media wizards and image consultants. It compares campaign methods that relied on yard signs, envelopes, and other forms of direct democracy with new methods that use experts, charts, and computers.
"Go light" for pacing speakers
Leaving little to chance, today's nominating conventions are meticulously produced television events. This light cluster functioned as the "go light" used by Republican National Convention managers in 1996 to pace and--when needed--prod the speakers.

Attached to the lectern out of public sight, yet in plain view of the speaker, the green light signaled that all was well; yellow cautioned to quickly wrap up; red meant running long. According to technicians working behind the scenes, yellow and red signals were seldom given, as most speakers stuck to the script, reading their carefully prepared and paced remarks from a TelePrompTer.

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