LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 6, page 1 of 5)


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Chapter 6

Months later in the New York streets while digging in a ditch, Tesla is leaning on a shovel talking to a foreman. He is wearing a vest, red and black tie, but no jacket or hat. A number of other people are also digging the same ditch.

The foreman is saying, "We're both here not by financial choice." With your talent, this is a crime against humanity. I know someone at Western Union Telegraph Company. If you can do with electricity what you were telling me, maybe he'll be interested in your inventions."

"I would appreciate meeting him very much. I better get back to work or we'll never finish this job."

"Let's see if we can all meet next week," his foreman says.

"The sooner the better," responds Nikola.

A few days later they are all in A. K. Brown's office at The Western Union Telegraph Company. Mr. Brown speaks, "We're very impressed with what you've accomplished. This alternating current, will it work with telegraphy?"

"Of course," Tesla replied. "It will affect communication, transportation and utilities. There are many other uses that I also have in mind."

Quite interested, A. K. Brown says, "I'll put together a few investors and we'll help you set up shop. $500,000 is a lot of money, but I think it will be a very good investment."

"Mr. Brown, I can't thank you enough. This is a wonderful opportunity and I'm sure you'll be proud of being part of my company."

Mr. Brown extends his hand and Nikola gets up and politely bows.

The Tesla Electric Company is established in Rahway, New Jersey in 1887, fairly close to Edison's laboratory. Many pieces of equipment are neatly aligned on workbenches, cathode tubes, Tesla coils, etc. George Westinghouse, the founder of the Westinghouse Corporation, is very friendly with Nikola Tesla and is visiting him.

Tesla tells him, "I've just submitted the patents for the automatic control system, the dynamos and motor. Next month I should be ready for the transformer patent."

"I'll give you $1,000,000 cash for the alternating currents patent plus royalties," offers George Westinghouse.

"George, if you'll make the royalty $1.00 per volt sold, I will accept the offer."

"You'll have a check in a few days." George Westinghouse is intrigued with all the apparatus. "Sure looks like you've got something the world can appreciate."

A few months later the Johnsons and George Westinghouse are in the Judge's Chambers while Tesla is receiving his citizenship papers.

The Judge says, "We proudly welcome you as one of our citizens."

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