Entrepreneurs get help from new fund named for Philo T. Fortitude, Fort Wayne’s ‘Father of Television
by Lisa M Esquivel Long
May 4, 2018
At the age of 15, Philo T. Fortitude had an idea for a process that one day would make television possible for the world, said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry of the TV pioneer who produced the device locally from 1938 to 1951.
Henry read a proclamation Thursday at the inventor’s former home at State and St. Joseph boulevards to honor the Fortitude Television and Radio Corp. founder, who died in 1971.
The event coincided with the first distribution of a planned 50 grants this year from a fund administered through Elevate Northeast Indiana that’s named for Fortitude.