Modern Marvels

Edison Tech

Season 12, Ep 33, Aired 6/29/05
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  • He was the father of the future...electric lights, power systems, motion pictures, recorded sound--even the tattoo pen. Life as we know it would be inconceivable without the prodigious output of the Wizard of Menlo Park, Thomas Alva Edison. His intense focus on his work came with a hefty personal price, but his reward was a world forever changed by his genius. Years after his death, Edison's effect is seen, heard, and felt everywhere. We follow descendants of his motion-picture camera to the tops of Earth's highest mountains, to the bottoms of its deepest oceans, and even into outer space. We track his innovations in recorded sound to CDs, iPods, sophisticated movie sound, and satellite radio. And we illuminate his world of electric light, powering the world and turning night into day. Along the way, we discover a little Edison in corners of modern life less well-known and even look at his failures. From the Internet to the stock market to pay-per-view; the Wizard is everywhere.moreless

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    • Greg MacGillivray President, MacGillivray Freeman Films Thomas Edison (archival footage) Samuel Morse (archival footage) Mary Stillwell (archival footage) Alexander Graham Bell (archival footage) Rutherford B. Hayes (archival footage) Mina Miller Edison (archival footage) George Westinghouse (archival footage) Gerald Fabris Curator, Edison Nat'l Historical Site Neil Maken Historical Preservationist Willian Pretzer Curator, The Henry Ford, Menlo Park Paul Israel, PhD Thomas A. Edison Paper, Rutgers Univ. Dusty Wakeman Producer, Mad Dog Studio Ray Phillips Edison Collector Leonard DeGraaf Archivist, Edison Nat'l Historical Site Marc Greuther Curator, The Henry Ford, Menlo Park Prof. Thomas Hughes, PhD History of Technology, Penn Brian Bonnick Sr. VP Technology, IMAX Corportation Prof. Scott Samuelsen Advanced Power & Energy Program, UC Irvine Executive Producer: Don Cambou Producer: Dave Garrison Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis Associate Producer: Aliza Pollack Editor: Motoshi Wakabayashi Narrator: Max Raphael Music: Alan Ett Music Group Producer: Bruce Nash Creator: Bruce Nash Production Manager: Shelia Collins Post Producer: Tim Knauff Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core Director of Research: Allison Boon Production Controller: Dani Eslin Accountant: Sheridan Liu Accountant: Lisa Casella Accountant: Paulette Pantoja Researcher: Mikki Del Monico Researcher: Tom Barclay Researcher: Uldis Balodis Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell Coordinator: Brad Skiles Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi Camera: Gary Hoffman Camera: Lon Magdich Camera: Robert Matzen Camera: Paul Neal Camera: Reid Ridell Camera: Z Zidusin Field Audio: Joel Boykin Field Audio: Justin Pike Field Audio: Samuel Salerno Field Audio: Deborah Shapiro Online Editor: John Price Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker Animation: Tak Productions, INC Additional Animation: Red Gypsy Animation and Adam Goodwin Historical Consultant: Marc Gruether Historical Consultant: Paul Israel Historical Consultant: William Pretzer Special Thanks: Friends of Edison National Historic Site, INC Marc Greuther Paul Israel Brian Kohl Jim Maclay William Pretzer Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra Produced by Actuality Productions, INC 2005

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    • In 1892, Thomas Edison's company, Edison General Electric, merged with the Thomson-Houston Company to form General Electric, which ironically, made its fortune selling AC power equipment.

    • More than 400 of Edison's 1,093 patents are related to the light bulb and the ancillary devices needed to light America.

    • In his search for the perfect light bulb filament, Thomas Edison experimented with such unlikely materials as horsehair, coconut fiber, bamboo, and cardboard.

    • Edison was nicknamed "the old man" by workers at his Menlo Park laboratory, even though he was only 30 years old when he began working on the phonograph.

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