Service Electric President John Walson Dies

Had guided company his father launched as nation's first cable system

John Walson Jr., president of Service Electric Cable TV and
Communications, has died of cancer at the age of 63, according to various

Service Electric was founded in 1948 by John Walson Sr., who
is credited with creating the nation's first cable system when he strung a wire
from an antenna to his appliance store in Mahanoy City, Pa., to deliver
Philadelphia TV station signals to that mountainous region in an effort to sell
more TV sets.

John Walson Jr. had moved through the ranks, including as
chief engineer, technician and head technician before taking over as president
of the company, which owns cable systems serving 217,000 basic video subs
(Kagan) in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The company dedicated its
web site
Monday to Walson's memory.