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Joseph D'Agostino
(1904-1988)

Joseph D'Agostino was born in Morgantown, West Virginia on December 23, 1902, the son of immigrants Angelina/Jamilia Mishriff/Misref/Migeriff (from Lebanon) and James D'Agostino (from Calabria, Italy). He was active for may years in the New Jersey Mineralogical Society (serving as its president) and the New York Mineralogical Society. He graduated from the University of West Virginia with an engineering degree in 1925, and married Georgiana Garcia; they had two daughters: Sylvia (1926) and Josephine (1930).

Joe was one of the key founders of radio broadcasting in the United States in the 1920's. In 1921, he sent Morse Code messages from the Boy Scout camp on Cheat River to the downtown offices of the Morgantown Post, which prompted the paper to boast that it and the New York Times were the only ones gathering news, from "its very own wireless station." He eventually rose to the position of liaison engineer between RCA and its subsidiary NBC, worked in the early 1940's as Executive Engineer of NBC, and was later the Executive Assistant to David Sarnoff at RCA.

Joe was an avid collector of minerals and was said to have immaculate taste. He also built a remarkable collection of old radio tubes. In 1941 he published an article in Rocks & Minerals on "Cleaning Sayreville, New Jersey pyrites." He died in Lakewood, New Jersey on July 30, 1988, at the age of 84.
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