CE Pro to Name 50 Old Farts of CE

‘I can’t remember the last time we got a little respect around here,’ says CEDIA board member and Old Fart Bill Skaer.

Bill Skaer, Old Fart
Julie Jacobson · April 1, 2013

In recognition of their many years of service to the custom electronics industry, 50 Old Farts will be named by CE Pro in a special issue of the magazine.

“We felt it was important to recognize golden oldies like Dennis Erskine, who continue to work for our industry through bladder-control issues, poor vision and other old-person maladies,” says CE Pro editor Jason Knott.

A team of editors and industry experts will select the 50 Old Farts, based on criteria such as age, years in the industry, hair loss, number of teeth and ailments such as arthritis and memory loss.

“I can’t remember the last time we got a little respect around here,” says CEDIA board member and Old Fart Bill Skaer. “In fact, I can’t remember much of anything.”

Steven Hill of Straight Wire, one of the Worst Booth Babes of CEDIA 2012, is lobbying for a slot in the 50 Old Farts list but has concerns about the awards ceremony.

“I don’t know if I’ll have the stamina to walk to the dais nor the strength to carry an award,” he says. “But I look forward to several servings of prunes and applesauce.”

CEDIA is already making preparations to accommodate the Old Farts at Expo 2013 in Denver.

“Not that I know exactly what ails Old Farts, but we will do our best to accommodate them,” says CEDIA COO Don Gilpin, who will not be eligible for an award until 2019.

CEDIA volunteers will be available to push wheelchairs and Powerpoint presentations will be prepared with extra-large fonts.

Adult diapers will be furnished upon request for Old Farts like Dave Hanchette who might otherwise not be able to endure a 30-minute presentation.

To be considered for the CE Pro 50 Old Farts award, please email

The special issue will be produced in 48-point Helvetica.

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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