Executiveis pleased to welcome Thomas Alva Edison, who perfected the art of invention in 19th century America and touched off a technological revolution in the 20th century.
EL: In 1878, you visited the workshop of William Wallace, who invented a prototype electric arc light that pulsed current through two tall carbon sticks to create a bright beam. What did you think of it?
Edison: It was marvelous. However, I beat him making the electric light. I did not think Wallace was working in the right direction. Mark my words: I will light the entire lower part of New York City using a 500-horsepower engine.
EL: You have other competitors besides Wallace: George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, the Thomas-Houston Electric Co. What do you make of them?
Edison: Westinghouse will kill a customer within six months after he puts in a system of any size, and that deadly alternating current won’t even power a motor.
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