Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr. was an important pioneer in the early television industry (TV station WTTG is named after him). In 1948, he invented the first video game, in some sense a predecessor of modern first-person shooters (it involved a simulation of WWII missile targeting systems) and nearly simultaneously invented the video game patent. As I recently learned, he died on March 5, at age 99. For more, see his Wikipedia article.