Almanac: Neon

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On January 19, 1915, French inventor Georges Claude received a U.S. patent for his “System of Illuminating by Luminescent Tubes” … tubes filled with neon gas. Mo Rocca reports.

From 1992: Fixing the bright lights of Broadway

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New York’s Times Square long ago earned the nickname “The Great White Way,” thanks to its brilliant neon lights and advertising signs. But all those lights need to be replaced now and then. Enter Marty Katz, responsible for spotting broken bulbs and dim neon tubes among the brilliant displays, and […]