Feb 18, 2009

Ben Blank, who was an innovator of television graphics, finding new ways of presenting information visually, using five seconds and six words, who pioneered the use of TV logos in newscasts and who once looped a shot of a golf ball connected to a turntable with coat hanger turning it in an orbit around a mini globe, creating what is thought to be the first newscast graphic, died on Feb. 3 at the age of 87.

May he rest in peace.