Baede-Kar Origin?

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The fictional Baede-Kar Visitor Guidance System that serves as a continuity device in Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles bears the mark of Banham in its groan-inducing pun of a name, but Banham never claimed that the underlying idea was his.

Many of the crew who worked on the shoot were also involved with the BBC TV science & technology magazine program “Tomorrow’s World”; the clip below appeared on the show the year before ‘the LA movie’ was first shown.

Who developed this ingenious (but doomed) ‘cassette navigation’ system?

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