Ultimate geekery Popular Science June 1952 cover illustration of Dave Garroway (1913 - 1982) the founding host of Today, demonstrating the Walkie Talkie Lookie TV Camera used at the 1952 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
The Walkie-Talkie-Lookie was a portable TV camera and sending station built by RCA, light enough for one man to carry. The outfit consisted of a camera weighing ten pounds connected to a three-foot-long fifty pound back pack. Ouch! The back pack transmitted TV images to a nearby station antenna and then on to the country's huge TV audience. How times have changed.