Designer of World Trade Center Antenna Oded Bendov Dies

By John Eggerton BroadcastingCable.com

Dr. Oded Bendov, 76, antenna design expert and chief architect of the antennas atop the Empire State Building and former World Trade Center in New York died April 2 of prostate cancer, according to the National Association of Broadcasters.

Bendov won an Emmy in 1984 for his development of the circularly polarized antenna.

Bendov joined RCA after graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University in 1967. He was named senior VP and chief scientist of Dielectric when it bought RCA’s antenna center. He left Dielectric in 2003 to form the TV Transmission Antenna Group.

Bendov immigrated to the U.S. from Israel in 1959, moving to Washington and doing undergraduate work at Howard University.

Survivors include his wife, Dagny Henderson, and two daughters.

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Americanism Award presented to 9/11 survivor Don Bacso

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Don Bacso, fourth from left, receives American Legion Post 369's Americanism Award from, from left, Ernest Komasinski, Martin Dzieglowicz, Bob Newman, Ed Trice, and Stanley Nalewski. Provided by Joanne Kuss

Don Bacso, fourth from left, receives American Legion Post 369′s Americanism Award from, from left, Ernest Komasinski, Martin Dzieglowicz, Bob Newman, Ed Trice, and Stanley Nalewski. Provided by Joanne Kuss

American Legion Post 369 in East Chicago recently awarded Don Bacso, a 9/11 survivor, its Americanism Award for 2014.

On September 11, 2001 Bacso was working as a computer consultant in the World Trade Center’s twin towers. He was supposed to be in New York for one week, having arrived September 10. By the afternoon of September 12, he was driving home in a rental car after having survived the collapse of the twin towers following commercial airplane crashes into both buildings by terrorists.

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U.S. Air Force Honors FDNY Hero

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The U.S. Air Force presented the FDNY and family of Chief of Department Peter Ganci, who was killed on September 11, with memorabilia from the Transit Center at Manas in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, informally named Ganci Air Base, on Apr. 3 at the FDNY Fire Academy.

“This is a truly special ceremony and it speaks to the unbreakable bond between the FDNY and the members of our military,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “Chief Ganci’s name is revered throughout the FDNY. And, as we can all see, his name is revered throughout the United States Armed Forces as well.”

Among those attending the ceremony were Chief Ganci’s wife, Kathleen; sons, Peter and Chris, who both are FDNY Fire Lieutenants; and daughter, Danielle.

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