In 1933, Myrle Spicer was principal at the Wisconsin Dells High School and was given the task to equip the new gymnasium with a scoreboard for their basketball program. Unable to find a scoreboard that could be rapidly and easily controlled by a single operator, combined with his background of physics and knowledge of “plunger” technology being used by common adding machines of the time, he decided to make the controls himself.
On June 5th, 1934, he filed the patent for his control for electronic scoreboards.
All American Scoreboards was acquired in 1952 by Spencer Displays, a New York based advertising group prominent in collegiate and professional sports.
In 1952, Ad-Pact Sign Company was formed as a division of Spencer Displays to meet the growing demand for illuminated signs. Later in 1961, the two companies formed General Indicator Corporation.
In 1968, GIC joined the ranks of CompuDyne Corporation, producers of sophisticated electronic equipment and other diverse products.
In 1988, Everbrite purchased GIC and remains the parent company of All American Scoreboards today.
1934 – First Single Person Scoreboard Control
1950 – New York Yankee’s First Electronic Scoreboard
1954 – NBA 24-Second Shot Clock Invention
96 Patents Since 1975
9th Generation of Products