Cable pioneer Glenn R. Jones has died at age 85, according to a number of media reports.
“Glenn R. Jones borrowed $400 against his Volkswagen in 1967 and turned it into a cable television empire that influences the way we learn today,” reports the Denver Post.
The Post continues, “In a career that spanned five decades, Jones built Jones Intercable into one of the 10 largest cable television operators in the U.S. He later founded what would become the first online university to receive accreditation, Jones International University.”
The Post quotes Stacey Slaughter, CEO of Jones/NCTI: “Glenn was a man before his time. … He freed higher education from the brick walls of traditional universities by bringing learning to people in their own homes, first via cable and later through the Internet and mobile devices.”
The Cable Center, a Denver non-profit educational organization, added Jones to its Cable Hall of Fame in 2005, the Post notes, adding this from Cable Center CEO and President Larry Satkowiak: “He was determined that technology could best be applied to education as a great equalizer. We should all thank him for his leadership to digitize the book collection at the Library of Congress. He was a visionary who had a head for business, but the soul of a poet.”
He wrote a number of books that included his poetry, including “Briefcase Poetry of Yankee Jones.”
In an online review of the third volume of that book (“The Big Arena”) we found this:
“Dedicated to ‘Everybody Who Carries a Briefcase,’ these poems and short stories reflect the world-view of those who view the world as their personal oyster. Which begs the question, isn’t that what we all do in our own way?
“Sometimes short and ironic, at others more lengthily introspective, the poetry of the executive order often comes across as jottings from someone’s blotter. To wit, in ‘Business Advice’ we are told:
“If you live with sharks,