Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 33

Edison Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 29, 2005 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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

  • Allusions