Courtesy Wikimedia CommonsToday is the birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, prolific American inventor whose ideas and inventions including the lightbulb, the phonograph, and motion pictures, changed the world forever. I don't know who said it, but the home page of a website dedicated to Edison has a great and fitting quote about this remarkable man:
"He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples... Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal - a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude and untainted by the bias that is often associated with race, color, politics, and religion."
Happy birthday to the Wizard of Menlo Park!!