Ray Dolby, R. I. P.

Ray Dolby, has died. All of the obituaries will mention his staggeringly important contributions to audio engineering. I will point out one more. While still a student, Ray worked at Ampex where he was one of the co-inventors of the first practical color video tape recorder. He not only affected what you hear (and don’t hear), but how you see it as well.

A moment of silence, please.

C. Everett Koop, R. I. P.

C. Everett Koop, certainly the most influential Surgeon General of all time, has died at age 96.

I first became aware of Dr. Koop when he participated in the film series How Shall We Then Live with theologian Francis Schaefer. Dr. Koop was against abortion but for condoms, a pair of policy positions that caused many left-wing heads to marvel and more than a few to explode.