“In 1920, after the birth of their first child, [Vladimir K.] Zworykin joined a small group of fellow Russian émigrés at the Westinghouse laboratories in East Pittsburgh, where he was able to return to work on television in his spare time. He faced a series of obstacles, including the implosion of a prototype picture tube that slid off the back seat of his car as he stopped for a red light. The noise, mistaken for a gunshot, attracted the attention of a police officer, who grew suspicious at Zworykin’s attempted explanation, in broken English, of how pictures could be transmitted by radio waves to the device that lay shattered in the back of his car. ‘So you see pictures on the radio now? Sure… buddy!’ the officer muttered, before taking Zworykin to jail until the facts were sorted out.”

-Turing’s Cathedral, by George Dyson