Did You Know?
They did everything wrong - everything. To fill the shadows around Nixon's eyes, they put a light on the floor in front of him, and it washed him out. And they powdered his beard, which made it worse. [discussing the lighting in the first Nixon-Kennedy debate, in a 1970 interview with the Chicago Tribune]
He earned a bachelor's degree in theater at Carnegie Tech in 1950. He was hired to teach theatrical lighting at Indiana University. Before he could start the job, his father died, leaving him as the family breadwinner. In New York, he sought work creating visual displays. He applied to Macy's, Gimbels, and the TV networks, and was hired as a member of ABC's lighting crew.