Don Rogers’ ZR-1

In the opening sequence of “The Sound of Music,” Julie Andrews is on a grassy hillside singing the title song, while her hair and the surrounding tall grass is being whipped around by a strong breeze. The breeze came from the helicopter doing the filming.  Strapped to the outside of the helicopter and running the camera was Don Rogers, who developed the lightweight camera used for the shot. “She almost got blown off the hill, and she has mentioned it every time I’ve seen her since.” For his 25 years of work in developing video and audio technologies over a


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