Wednesday, August 13, 2014
New Training Room Named for Famed Inventor
Foodshare’s training room is the place where volunteers and staff learn how to do crucial work in the effort to solve hunger. So it’s only fitting that the room be named for someone who spent his life in the pursuit of new ideas and problem solving. Herman Post was an inventor with a particularly creative mind, and his many inventions had tremendous impact on the world.
His first and most famous creation was the tape splicer, which made it easy for recording engineers and film editors to cut and seamlessly combine pieces of reel-to-reel tape or film. The splicer meant that ideal parts of different versions of a song could be isolated and combined to make the perfect hit record. In fact, virtually every hit record from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s was made using one of Herman’s inventions. He also created many other devices that became indispensable to the recording industry, as well as other fields, and he built a very successful company to make and sell these inventions.
That success was in sharp contrast to his childhood in extreme poverty in a South Bronx tenement. Herman never forgot what it was like to be poor, so when he passed way last year, his daughter Amy Wiseman felt that the best way to honor his memory was to make a donation to Foodshare in his name with her share of his charitable trust. And on August 11, Amy and her three siblings arrived at Foodshare for the official dedication of the room.
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