Black kite birds in India
Black kite birds fly around people sitting on steps after offering Friday prayers at the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi, India. Muslims throughout the world are marking the month of Ramadan
Photographer: Kevin Frayer/AP
The story of our company begins with the story of three pioneers, who laid the foundation for everything you see at NBCUniversal today:
- Carl Laemmle was a German immigrant to the United States, who in the early 1900s saw a future in moving pictures, and began purchasing and building nickelodeon theaters. Soon enough, he was producing his own movies, and in 1912 he founded the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, which would eventually become Universal Pictures.
- David Sarnoff was a young telegraph staffer and a true visionary; in 1915 he pitched to his bosses the idea of bringing wireless radio broadcasts into the home. They ignored his prophetic idea at first, but years later in 1926, while an executive at RCA, he established the National Broadcasting Company, the first radio (and eventually television) network.
- Ralph Roberts, already a successful businessman in the early sixties, saw an opportunity in front of him down in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1963, he bought a struggling “community antenna television” company, and over the next few years smartly expanded its reach. He eventually turned it into the multi-billion-dollar operation known as Comcast, where he still serves as Founder and Chairman Emeritus to this day.
Because these three men excelled and innovated not just their businesses but the industries they belonged to, today’s NBCUniversal produces and delivers the best content in the world to you, no matter where (or how) you watch.
After the death of Maurice Sendak, iReporters are sharing their stories and creative takes on the beloved and occasionally controversial author/illustrator. Cory Douglas, 22, lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and says reading “Where the Wild Things Are” with his dad as a child is one of the few memories he has of his father, who died when Cory was eight years old. He says the Max costume brings him back to his childhood, and he puts it on when he is cold or sad.
(via CNN iReport)
A Syrian woman in the town of Houla says she hid behind a door as gunmen shot dead children in the house.
The government has blamed “terrorists” for the killings, which the opposition said were carried out by government forces and pro-Assad thugs.
(to BBC’s Newsbeat)
“People make mistakes.”
- Martin Short, who has no ill feelings toward Kathie Lee Gifford after the Today Show host mistakenly asked about his late wife as if she were still alive, to E! News
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