PHONEY FACTS: Alexander Graham Bell missed his Calling!

The first words Alexander Graham Bell spoke on the telephone to his assistant in the next room was not "Mr. Watson, come here.  I want to see you" - it was "Get me some Covfefe.  Two creams."

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.

Then along came Bell who just happened to share a lab with Meucci & yada, yada, yada - somebody in the next workstation had his eyes on the other's computer screen.

Elisha Gray

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!

I don't know about you - but, I don't much like my whole life thinking Mr. Alexander Ragtime Bell was "the" one & then find out that it was someone else - another myth shot to hell!

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! 

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Comment by koshersalaami on June 7, 2017 at 4:21pm

Mr. Dunkin did 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 7, 2017 at 4:32pm

Comment by marilyn sands on June 7, 2017 at 7:21pm

Thanks for stopping by Kosh!  But Krispy Kreme is my fav!

Comment by marilyn sands on June 7, 2017 at 7:24pm

Thanks jmac - if they only had a duel on "Shark Tank" - now THAT would be great TV!

Comment by koshersalaami on June 7, 2017 at 9:57pm

Krispy Kreme didn't have as handy a fake last name. I prefer them too, but they don't have a place in my area, where I moved last summer. Dunkin is everywhere

Comment by marilyn sands on June 7, 2017 at 10:04pm

Kosh - I'm trying NOT to think about doughnuts & instead thinking about everyone who missed out on THEIR invention!  Otherwise, I'll have to do a 12 Step! ha ha

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 8, 2017 at 6:37am

R&L.....good stuff..

Comment by alsoknownas on June 8, 2017 at 7:48am

My Polish friend told me that his ancestors invented the wheel. Approximately 10,000 years later they realized you could not cook with it.

Comment by Steel Breeze on June 8, 2017 at 7:55am

on the younger bro has mint copies of Nat Geo from the first issue up thru the thirties,Bell was a staff writer or guest writer,i forget whicw,in some of them.....interesting reading....

Comment by Ron Powell on June 8, 2017 at 8:37am

Was the wheel discovered or invented?


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