And, a shocker to me - in 1874, Italian/American inventor Antonio Meucci beat him to it building the first phone - but couldn't afford the $10 Patent Fee. So he went back home & said WTF - I'll write a letter.
True story - but I don't think he swore.
But Bell had stiffer competition at the Patent Office beating out inventor, Elisha Gray just by an hour. Gray got there too late & his excuse was his digital clock was flashing 12:00 o'clock - 12:00 o'clock & to this day his descendants have been calling Customer Care about frigin' Taxes & Fees!
What I find ironic is, later in life, Bell refused to have a telephone in his Study - because it was an intrusion. Ha - just like our smart phones are today - but they couldn't turn theirs to fibrate.
Just a fuzzy moment. In 1922, when Bell died in Canada at age 75 - every phone in North America was silenced during his funeral in his honor. This is really true, but I couldn't find anyone that old to verify it.
As for Meucci - he went to court but died before the verdict. But I'm happy to report - in 2002, the U.S. Congress recognized him as the true inventor & I'm sure he appreciates it - wherever he is. I guess calling him would be out of the question!
With today's Fake News, Trump Tweets & my satire - who knows what to believe anymore.
So, I urge you to watch for my next essay (hopefully in a continuing series) where I dig deep for who really invented the wheel!