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A very brief history of Morse code.

This film includes my five favorite significant messages:
1. The first American Morse Code message transmitted in 1844 by Samuel Morse himself,
2. In 1912 the Titanic transmitted the then new SOS distress call as it sank,
3. In 1956 the beacon atop the new Capitol Records Tower flashed Hollywood to promote them as the first record company based on the west coast,
4. In 1966 Commander Denton blinked a message to secretly communicate how POWs were being treated in North Vietnam,
5. The last official use of International Morse Code by the French Navy in 1997.

Director's Bio

Tom Bessoir attended the Bronx High School of Science and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. While at the Cooper Union he studied filmmaking with Robert Breer, Joshua Pines and Sandy Moore. Related studies included video with Ira Schneider and electronic music with Laurie Spiegel.

I became friends with animator John Baumann when we were both students at The Cooper Union.
Tom Bessoir
3 Minutes
1/24/20 3:15pm at Cité des Arts
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