Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Life Fellow Mark Schubin has been working professionally in television technology for more than 50 years (yikes!) and has been writing professionally even longer. He has been the “program maestro” of the Tech Retreat for “only” 22 years. He is the world’s leading expert on the intersecting histories of media technology and opera and recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the IEEE on why television research began in 1877. He trims his beard and hair at least once a year, whether he needs to or not.