Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 15

Fire & Ice

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 18, 2002 on The History Channel
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Fire & Ice
Who could imagine life without our "man-made weather"? On cold winter nights and hot summer days, we are forever grateful to the visionaries who took two basic elements--fire and ice--and turned them into true modern marvels. Fire warmed the caves and primitive dwellings of mankind for centuries, yet the technology of keeping cool lagged far behind as we learn in this chronicle of heating and air conditioning that covers advancements from the home and industry to outer space and beyond!moreless
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      • Production of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon refrigerants officially ended in the United States on December 31, 1995.

      • The first high-rise office building to be designed and built with central air-conditioning was the 21-story Milam Building in San Antonio, Texas, which opened its doors in 1928.

      • In 1880, nearly eight million tons of ice were harvested to meet America's enormous demand for cooling.

      • As recently as 1940, only 42% of American homes had central heat.

      • [Goof]: While explaining a car's heating system, it is incorrectly stated the warm air that is circualted in the cabin is hot air off the engine. The heating system actually uses the hot coolant from the engine pumped through a heat exchanger (the heater core). The air that circulates through the cabin is warmed by heater core.

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      • Cast:

        Bernard Nagengast
        Technical Historian, ASHRAE

        Roy Hubbard, Jr.
        Marketing Development Mgr., YORK Int'l Corp.

        Jonathan Shaw
        Communications Director, Carrier Corp.

        Dennis Simanaitis
        Engineering Editor, Road & Track Magazine

        Dr. Mohinder S. Bhatti
        Sr. Staff Research Eng., Delphi Auto. Systems

        Gregory DeFrancesco
        Chief Project Eng., Hamilton Sundstrand APS

        Roger L. Howard
        Senior Marketing Eng., YORK Int'l Corp.

        Chris Poythress
        Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems Int'l

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Producer: Aaron Kass
        Writer: Aaron Kass
        Associate Producer: Kristina Djokic
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Andre Vaillancourt
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Archivist: Nilda Pergfola-Jensen
        Researcher: Diane Wai
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Historical Consultant: Bernard Nagengast
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Post Production Assistant: Montgomery Jesselton Kingsley
        Camera: George Harrold
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Camera: George Odell
        Camera: Jesse Phinney
        Camera: Michael Tracey
        Field Audio: Paul Alfe
        Field Audio: C. Eric Fitz
        Field Audio: David S. Wason
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Animation: Victor Bornia
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
        Assistant Production Coordinator: James Wiser
        Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado

        Special Thanks:
        Dr. Mohinder S. Bhatti
        Carrier Corp.
        DPA Components Int'l
        Hamilton Sundstrand
        Bernard Nagengast
        The Nethercutt Museum/San Sylmar
        Purolator Air Filtration
        The Trane Company
        YORK International Corp.

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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