11 March 2007
Edison Explained (Kinda Sorta)
From this article (reg. req.) on Thomas Edison in today's New York Times:
One occasion when Edison cast off the expectations of others in his middle age was when he met Henry Stanley, of “Dr. Livingston, I presume” fame, and Stanley’s wife, who had come to visit him at his laboratory in West Orange, N.J. Edison provided a demonstration of the phonograph, which Stanley had never heard before. Stanley asked, in a low voice and slow cadence, “Mr. Edison, if it were possible for you to hear the voice of any man whose name is known in the history of the world, whose voice would you prefer to hear?”The article's author's biography on Edison is coming out this week. Hopefully both Gates and Jobs will read.
“Napoleon’s,” replied Edison without hesitation.
“No, no,” Stanley said piously, “I should like to hear the voice of our Savior.”
“Well,” explained Edison, “You know, I like a hustler.”