Electricity ran through Margaret and John Walson's life together. They married while John was a lineman for PP&L Electric, and the couple opened an appliance store together in Schuylkill County. From that work came their company, Service Electric Cable TV, and some of the early development of cable television. Margaret died Wednesday at her home in Boca Raton, Florida. News accounts tell the story of how John Walson, living among the mountains in Mahanoy City, rigged an antenna to capture the signal and used wires to run the signal, now much clearer, to televisions in town. John marketed televisions in the couple's appliance store before cable television became the family business, according to a press release from Service Electric. Margaret worked in the business as a secretary and advisor. When John died in 1993, she advised her children as a company executive.
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