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Rhode Island may be small in size but it's large in accomplishments.
August 27, 2009
Nikola Tesla was light years ahead of his contemporaries, which includes all the big names.
July 10th, his birthday, even became Nikola Tesla Day.
However, only a handful of states recognized it.
But then that was the story of his life.
In 1943, it took a Supreme Court decision to give him credit for inventing the radio, yet Marconi is in all the textbooks.
Nobody connects him with the fluorescent bulb, neon lights, the vacuum tube amp, radar and the microscope either.
Yet he held patents, and was instrumental in the development of each.
Tesla Motors honored him with their name and now their electric car is having problems.
Just his luck.
Now, this thing with Edison.
Young Nikola arrived from Yugoslavia, in 1884, with (the story goes) six cents in his pocket, the ability to speak six languages and a genius for electricity.
Thomas Edison, then in his late 30s, saw his potential immediately. The great man had just invented the light bulb but needed a system to distribute electricity to houses.
Edison’s DC (direct current system) had many bugs in it. He looked at Tesla to fix it.
Well, Tesla fixed it too good to suit Edison. His AC (alternating system) was capable of traveling long distances and cities use it around the world today.
Edison spent the rest of his life discrediting Tesla claiming AC was more dangerous than DC.
(Although Tesla's electric chair experiment disproved it.)
Then there was Tesla's huge wireless tower that was designed to link the world’s telephone, telegraph and transmit pictures, stock reports and weather information.
When his backer J.P. Morgan found out all of this would be free to customers, he pulled the “plug” on it.
Of course, Tesla didn’t help his cause by being eccentric. Okay, mad.
He even got a street corner named after him, “Nikola Tesla Corner,” on 40th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, where he used to feed his beloved pigeons.
But I’m sure he would have much preferred 33rd and 3rd.
Since he was obsessed with doing things in threes.
Tesla was also revolted by jewelry. Obsessed with hygiene, along with his pigeon mania.
Later in life, Edison said that his biggest mistake was trying to develop direct current, instead of the vastly superior alternating current system that Tesla had put within his reach.
When Edison died, The New York Times covered Edison's life, with the only negative opinion coming from you know who:
“He lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene. His method was inefficient in the extreme, for an immense ground had to be covered to get anything at all unless blind chance intervened…”
And then he got personal.
Tesla lived the last ten years of his life in a two-room suite on the 33rd floor of the New Yorker Hotel and died in room 3327.
I can only hope we're listening to our mad geniuses today. We can use all we can find.
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