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John Logie Baird

TV inventor's father built congregation

TV INVENTOR John Logie Baird is arguably Helensburgh’s most famous son, but what about his father?

The Rev John Baird was a formidable figure. Many may have seen him in a well known and much published photo outside his West Argyle Street home, with his sister Annie and son John.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 June 2014 16:01 )

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Down the pub with John Logie Baird

The November 2013 closure of the Logie Baird pub on James Street, Helensburgh, prompted Malcolm Baird to reflect on his father's connections with alcoholic drink.

JOHN LOGIE BAIRD was the son of a Scottish minister and he was raised in the late Victorian era.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 November 2013 16:20 )

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Baird the fiction writer

TV INVENTOR John Logie Baird is always thought of as a brilliant scientist . . . but he had another talent, writing.

His forays into fiction, as an enthusiastic contributor to the Royal Technical College Magazine, won him admirers amongst his student peers.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 November 2013 19:02 )

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Dispelling a stereotype

Book review by Malcolm Baird of 'The three dimensions of John Logie Baird' by Douglas Brown, published by the Radio Society of Great Britain.

John Logie Baird died in 1946, but television historians are still divided about his contributions.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:43 )

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Print v Television: from Baird to McLuhan

By Professor Malcolm Baird, President of Helensburgh Heritage Trust

WE are sometimes told that television has taken the place of print. I would like to explore this idea.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 October 2013 16:36 )

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