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Operation Ballot: Electronics and Elections
Two days after the incumbent US president Harry Truman was elected for a second term, he proudly brandished the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune with its now iconic headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman.” In the era before computers, projecting election trends was difficult, but the electronic computer revolutionized the speed at which election predictions were made. Join the Sarnoff Collection curator for this this special, pre-election talk about the history of computer predictions from the 1952 UNIVAC stunt to NBC’s “Operation Ballot.”

Oct 25, 2020 01:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Florencia Pierri
Curator @The Sarnoff Collection