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REMEMBERING RALPH ROBERTS

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Getting the check for $2.7 million following Comcast’s IPO in 1972 (clockwise from bottom l.): Comcast’s Ralph Roberts, Dan Aaron and Julian Brodsky and Keen Butcher of underwriting firm Butcher & Sherred.
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Ralph Roberts with son Brian (l.), Comcast’s current chairman and CEO, in 2010 at Ralph Roberts’s 90th birthday celebration at “Ralph’s Café” in the Comcast Center.
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Ralph Roberts and his wife, Suzanne, take in some tennis in 1984.
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AT&T chairman and CEO C. Michael Armstrong (l.), Ralph Roberts and Brian Roberts shake hands on Comcast’s 2002 acquisition of AT&T Broadband.
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Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams (l.) introduces Comcast’s Ralph Roberts and Steve Burke (r.) to their new NBCUniversal employees in a 2011 event at 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s iconic Studio 8H in New York.
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Ralph Roberts (l.) and then-National Cable Television Association president and CEO James Mooney in 1988.
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(From l.): Spencer Kaitz, Dan Aaron, Alan Gerry, Ralph Roberts and Brian Roberts in 1988.
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Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss (l.) presents Ralph Roberts with a cake for his 90th birthday in 2010 in Philadelphia.
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Cable Pioneer Burt Harris (l.), founder of Harriscope Broadcasting, and Ralph Roberts in 2002.