¡Now in Color!
Google Mexico honors Guillermo González Camarena—inventor of the color TV on what would have been his 94th birthday, with his very own Google Doodle.
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, future engineer González Camarena started showing an affinity for all things tech at an early age disassembling and putting back together an array of electronics, and by age 15 created his first television camera made out of scrap radio parts and flea market finds.
With the idea that television would look much better in color and after a brief stint as a pop star with a widely received song called Río Colorado, the now one-hit wonder used his royalties to purchase the equipment that would lead to the invention of U.S. Patent No. 2,296,019, the Chromoscopic adapter for television equipment.
On August 31, 1946, Camarena sent his first color transmission from his lab in the offices of The Mexican League of Radio Experiments, at Lucerna St. #1, in Mexico City and color television as we know it today, was born. The video signal was transmitted at a frequency of 115 MHz. and the audio in the 40 meter band. He obtained authorization to make the first publicly-announced color broadcast in Mexico, on February 8, 1963, Paraiso Infantil, on Mexico City’s XHGC-TV, a station that he himself established in 1952.
His legacy changed television forever, exposing generations of viewers to everything from Kermit green to Lady Gaga fake blood red, to 4:00am post-infomercial TV bar rainbow.
Sadly, at age 48, he perished in a car accident driving back from the inspection of a television transmitter in Veracruz.
With anti-Mexican sentiments commonplace, here’s to you Guillermo González Camarena, today you get full remote privileges.