Denver -- The National Cable Television Center and Museum
broke ground on the new $56 million Alan Gerry Cable Telecommunications Center here last
Located on the University of Denver campus, the facility is
named for the former Cablevision Industries executive who contributed $10 million to help
fund the project.
Gerry said the three-story, 74,000-square-foot facility
would be a tribute to "those who took the risks, who ran the cable and climbed the
Dozens of industry pioneers were welcomed to the ground
breaking by Mayor Wellington Webb and museum board chairman Bill Bresnan.
Bresnan recalled how the idea of building the cable center
in Denver was born during a meeting at Bill Daniels' Cableland estate in the 1980s, and
how Daniels later provided $1 million in "seed money" to get the project off the
Among the features at the center will be: The Barco
Library, an outdoor projection theater; the world's largest video tower, showing
continuous programming from 150 cable channels; a demonstration academy that will exhibit
industry innovations to government officials, educators, news organizations and business
leaders; and: the cable museum, which will depict the industry's early years.
It will also be home to The Bob Magness Institute, which
will provide educational training, research and service programs.