Conceived as a classy, members-only annexe to the Leading Lights awards, the Light Reading Hall of Fame first opened its doors in 2010 to celebrate the heroes and villains of the telecom industry.
Visionary engineers, business titans, convicted fraudsters -- all were ushered beyond the velvet rope by muscle-bound Light Reading security to take their place on the leather banquettes of telecom destiny.
The class of 2010 set the tone with an interesting mix.
In 2011, the untimely death of Apple legend Steve Jobs meant a late addition to the HoF roster. The other five, while hardly household names in the Jobs mold, have all made their mark on the telecom industry, big-time. (See Light Reading's Hall of Fame: 2011 Inductees.)
In 2012, Light Reading got all fancy and celebrated its HoF inductees in this slick, Sundance-wowing video.
It paid tribute to:
So there we have it: Movers, shakers and downright blaggards. This, friends, is the Light Reading Hall of Fame. Enter at your peril.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading