Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame Honors 11 Pioneers of Consumer Technology

The 2004 Class to be Showcased at the 2004 International CES

Arlington, Va., January 5, 2004 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced the 2004 class of inductees to the prestigious Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame. This year, the CE Hall of Fame honors 11 individuals worldwide whose leadership and innovation have played a significant role in shaping the consumer electronics industry.

A panel of 17 prominent industry professionals and media members selected the 2004 class based on integrity, character and impact on the CE industry. The 2004 inductees are:

* Alan Blumlein - EMI
* Henry Brief - Home Furnishings Daily
* Joel Engel - Bell Labs
* Richard Frankiel - Bell Labs
* Robert E. Gerson - TWICE
* Ken Kai - Pioneer
* Jerry Kalov - Kay Associates; Cobra Electronics
* Paul Klipsch - Klipsch Audio Technologies
* Dr. Woo Paik - General Instrument
* Norio Ohga - Sony Corp.
* Steven Wozniak - Apple Computer

"The latest class of Hall of Fame inductees represent the best of the best of a dynamic and innovative industry," said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. "With their unique creativity, persistence and vision these 11 pioneers have championed the development of new technologies and concepts that have changed for the better the way we all live and work."

With the addition of the 2004 inductees, the CE Hall of Fame now is 86 members strong. New inductees will have their pictures and biographies on display at the 2004 International CES, the world's largest consumer electronics tradeshow, January 8 -11, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev. Inductees also will be showcased on CEA's website,, and honored during a special dinner at CEA's Industry Forum held October 18 -20, 2004, in San Francisco.

For more information on the Hall of Fame and to view a complete list of current members, visit

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 1,200 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $90 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.
CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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