SHU’s Digital Media Lab Dedicated to Television Pioneer Hubert J. Schlafly, Jr.

News Story: November 8, 2006

Sacred Heart University dedicated its Digital Media Lab in honor of Hubert J. Schlafly, Jr., an American pioneer in international telecommunications, on Wednesday, November 1st, 2006. The dedication, which took place in the University’s Media Studies Studio in the Department of Media Studies and Digital Culture, was attended by SHU friends, faculty, staff and students.

Following short video presentations about Mr. Schlafly and “Pushing Back the Wave,” a Hurricane Katrina relief documentary project that was cosponsored by Mr. Schlafly, a plaque bearing his name was unveiled outside of the University’s Digital Media Lab. The group had the opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility, which is equipped with DVD authoring and multimedia production workstations.

Mr. Schlafly, a resident of Greenwich, is known throughout the world as a pioneer in telecommunications. He helped create the modern television industry through such pioneering achievements as inventing the TelePrompTer, developing the first pay TV system, and engineering the famous HBO satellite transmission of the "Thrilla in Manila" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

Many of his 16 patents are integral to the television industry and Internet commerce. His colleagues have awarded him two Emmys, the Sarnoff Citation, and the Vanguard Award for Science and Technology from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.

A St. Louis native, he is a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, Class of 1941. There, he recalls, he earned the highest student salary on campus – $300 – to film the University’s legendary Fighting Irish throughout the country. He did his postgraduate work at Syracuse University following World War II.

His amazing career brought him to General Electric, the Radiation Laboratory at MIT, 20th Century Fox – where he was director of television research – and TelePrompTer.

He and his late wife Leona have been generous supporters of many philanthropic causes. He is both a Knight of Malta and a Knight of St. Gregory the Great. In 2003, Mr. Schlafly received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SHU.