40th Anniversary Vision Awards Presents Pioneer in Technology Award to Ray Kurzweil

Film Music Magazine • May 20, 2010

The 40th Anniversary presentation of “The Vision Awards”, which will take place on Sept. 23, 2010, in Beverly Hills, will present a first time “Pioneer in Technology” Vision Award to world renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil, inventor of the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments. The announcement was made today by Helen Harris, founder of Retinitis Pigmentosa International, the presenting organization behind those awards.
Mrs. Harris, herself blind, launched both RP International and The Vision Awards in 1970 as high profile vehicles by which to raise awareness of the millions of people who fight against the gradual loss of their vision from both RP and Macular Degeneration. The Vision Awards also raise funds for medical research.

Previously announced Vision Awards will go this year to longtime entertainment industry figures Stanley Jaffe and George Schlatter, each of whom will each receive a 2010 “Lifetime Achievement Vision Award” for their extraordinary achievements in film and television. (Further Vision Award winners will be announced shortly).

Mrs. Harris said, “We are really thrilled to be honoring this year super genius Ray Kurzweil, one of the most acclaimed inventors of all time. As the creator of the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, he has helped millions of visually impaired individuals, including myself, enjoy the gift of books. Our first-ever ‘Pioneer in Technology’ Vision Award couldn’t possibly be bestowed upon a more deserving individual.”

Previous recipients of Vision Awards include Bob Hope, Aaron Spelling, Bill Cosby, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Robert Wise, Lawrence Kasdan, Robert Zemeckis, Joel Schumacher, Oliver Stone, Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler-Donner, Lawrence Bender, William Friedkin, Tim Burton, John Frankenheimer, Roone Arledge, Sherry Lansing, Robert Towne, Tom Cruise, Bill Mechanic, Phil Collins, Robert Halmi, Sr., Lesley Stahl, Rick Nicita, Alan Ladd, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Hunt, Arnon Milchan, Martin Brest, Chuck Jones, Jon Voight, Matt Damon, Bo Goldman, Carole Black, Frances W. Preston, Suzanne de Passe, Don Ohlmeyer, Rae Sanchini, and Jon Landau, among many others.


By Mike E Beever on May 21st, 2010 at 11:13 am

That’s wonderful news. I’ve been using his K2000 series of synthesizers for 17 years.They have stood the test of time where as others have faded.

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