Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 33

Edison Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 29, 2005 on The History Channel
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Edison Tech
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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      • 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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    • NOTES (1)

      • 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

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