Who's Your CE Hero?

If you work in the consumer electronics industry and would like to see your personal CE hero rewarded, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) would like to hear from you. The CEA announced last week that it is seeking nominations from its members, the press and other industry professionals for the 2002 class of inductees into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame.

The CEA says that the Hall of Fame is intended to recognize consumer technology pioneers, founders, and inventors who have made significant industry contributions. Past inductees include Ray Dolby, "the inventor who took the hiss out of tape recording and transformed movie sound," and electronics pioneers Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, who conceived and built the first semiconductor chip.

CEA's Gary Shapiro says that "the Hall of Fame provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the consumer electronics industry and pay tribute to those individuals who have paved the way. Without their creations, our information and entertainment choices would never have become so rich, and our connection to others in the world would never have become so easy and quick."

To submit a nomination for the 2002 Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, click here. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2001, and a panel of judges comprised of CEA members, media representatives, and other industry professionals will select the inductees. The 2002 class of inductees will be honored at the 2002 International CES on January 8 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, and pictorial profiles of the nominees will be showcased throughout CES and in the pressrooms, as well as online.

Note: non-industry and industry readers alike can nominate their favorite audio heros into the unofficial Stereophile Audio Hall of Fame via this week's Vote question.