"...Baird was not given the recognition which was his by right during his lifetime." -- The Scots Magazine, September 2004
"...the most influential Scot who ever lived..." -- Daily Mail, January 07, 2005
"His memoir is a fabulous distillation of all the joy and bitterness, hurt and humour of an extraordinary man." -- Daily Mail, January 07, 2005
"John Logie Baird is hailed as the genius who invented television and changed the course of the 20th century." -- Evening News, May 13, 2004
'charming and informative' -- Kinema, Canada
not bogged down in technical details, but self-effacing and witty
' -- The Herald
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I was born in 1888. My father was the Minister of the West Parish of Helensburgh, a small watering place near Glasgow. He had gone there immediately after finishing his studies at Glasgow University, where he obtained his MA and BD, and showed remarkable talent. A small body of residents in this little seaside resort sent a request to the University that a student should be sent to open a small church to serve their needs, and my father was chosen for the task.
Among those who came to his church was Miss Jessie Inglis, one of a wealthy family of shipbuilders, who came to Helensburgh for the summer, and looked rather askance at the struggling young clergyman when he proposed marriage. The opposition, however, was overcome, and Miss Jessie Inglis became Mrs Baird. The little church prospered; my father must have been energetic and enterprising. Among his other activities he formed a literary society, of which the future Prime Minister, Bonar Law, was once a member.