America has problems, but America is NOT THE PROBLEM!~
A look backwards
Published on November 19, 2008 By Moderateman In History

 With the election over and Barak Obama our President-elect, it is our duty as patriotic Americans to do all we can do to help him succeed!

In this day of technology, perhaps we can learn a thing or two from two of our greatest inventors and two of their contemporary poets.

It was of course Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone. It has proved to be one of the greatest most used inventions of all times. Little did he know that one day his invention would evolve into cell phones that could download mail and take pictures too!.

It has been 46 years since Bell invented the telephone and spoke those famous words "Mr. Watson, come here I want you"

Next is Thomas Alva Edison Interesting enough he held 1069 patents, of which only 13 made money. As a child his teachers thought he was retarded because he was dyslexic. His inventions include the telegraph receiver and transmitter, the incandescent lamp, a storage battery, the gramophone which is the great great grandfather of Cd's.

Next is the poet Joel Chandler Harris who was published in 1880, his works are often compared to Aesop's fables. His published work was called Plantation Proverbs, Uncle Remus, his songs and His Sayings. His most well known characters are Brer Rabbit, Tar Baby and Brer Fox. Unfortunately, his works have been banned in most schools, because they are written in black dialect {of the day}.

Lastly there was an English poet, his name was William Ernest Henley and he wrote a famous poem called "INVICTUS" {meaning unconquerable} Stanzas two and three are my favorite.

" In the fell clutch of circumstance...I have not winced nor cried aloud... under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed."

" It matters not how straight the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the Captain of my soul"!

May we all be masters of our fate and the captains of our soul............

 

 

 

 


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on Nov 19, 2008

sheeeshhhhhh 20 views and not one comment......

on Nov 19, 2008

I just saw a History channel bio of Tesla.  He was a great rival of Edisons and is more responsible for our lights than edison.  While Edison invented the incandesent, Tesla invented the Gas LIght (Like neon), and also advocated (and won) the battle of DC versus AC current.  He was a fuit loop (they went into things like he would only stay in rooms divisible by 3 and that all he did was in 3s or multiples and the whole ET phone home thing....), but brilliant!

I also saw the one on Einstien.  Another brilliant if somewhat loopy guy.  He sought to prove his general theory of relativety to fulfill a promise to his ex-wife (she would get the proceeds from the Nobel prize he expected to win from it), yet whilehe did fulfill his promise to his ex, he did not win for his most famous theory - but for another.  Go figure!

on Nov 19, 2008

Dr Guy
I just saw a History channel bio of Tesla.  He was a great rival of Edisons and is more responsible for our lights than edison.  While Edison invented the incandesent, Tesla invented the Gas LIght (Like neon), and also advocated (and won) the battle of DC versus AC current.  He was a fuit loop (they went into things like he would only stay in rooms divisible by 3 and that all he did was in 3s or multiples and the whole ET phone home thing....), but brilliant!I also saw the one on Einstien.  Another brilliant if somewhat loopy guy.  He sought to prove his general theory of relativety to fulfill a promise to his ex-wife (she would get the proceeds from the Nobel prize he expected to win from it), yet whilehe did fulfill his promise to his ex, he did not win for his most famous theory - but for another.  Go figure!

Thank you for reading DOCG and for adding some more interesting bits of history.

on Nov 20, 2008

It has been 46 years since Bell invented the telephone and spoke those famous words "Mr. Watson, come here I want you"

Erm, rather longer than that, I think. Bell was issued with a patent on 7 March 1876, a little over 132 years ago. The famous first transmission you quote occured three days later.

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