Thomas Edison: American Giant
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This cache was placed to honor Thomas Alva Edison, best known in the public conscience as "the inventor of the light bulb" (he actually made improvements on 25 years of work on the light bulb), the phonograph, and the motion picture camera.
Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Edison is the third most prolific inventor in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York.
“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. “
(If only my high school students understood and lived this! On second thought--if only we all understood and lived this!)
Park at the BP or Holiday on the northeast and southeast corners, respectively, of Hopkins Crossroad and Cedar Lake Parkway, or at any of the businesses to the east of Hopkins Crossroad.
2.0 terrain in winter. Careful of the ice on your way down!
Seek small peanut butter jar just off the bike trail.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum