LEGACY: The Life of Nikola Tesla (Chapter 9, page 1 of 3)

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Chapter 9

Music is playing in the background. Tesla is talking to Ann Morgan on some intellectual level when Katherine Johnson comes up. Katherine asks, "What are you up to lately?"

"I'm hoping to file my patent soon on wireless transmission and George and I are working on the teleautomatic principle. I hope to have models set up within the next few months. Remote control activity could be a big boost not only to the housewife, but to the military. We never seem to have enough money for what we're trying to accomplish, and the long, hard hours catch all our attention."

Ann says, "Maybe daddy can help you out."

"I appreciate the suggestion, not yet. I've got to try to finish what we're doing on our available resources."

Coyly, Ann says, "Just let me know when you want to meet Daddy. Are you going to see Anton's New World Symphony next week?

Nikola responds, "I haven't given it a thought."

"Well, I just happen to have front row seats. Can I convince you to take me?"

"It's been an awful long time since I've found the time to enjoy such an evening. I'd be delighted."

Mark Twain walks up. "Nikola, we need to sit and have a chess game one of these days. Too much time in the lab can dull the senses."

Tesla laughs, "It's not my senses, it's my personality."

They all laugh together.

Mark Twain remarks, "Somewhere out in the universe I heard you and Einstein were working on some far out experiments."

"Don't know how the word got out, but we're curious about the relationship of time and space," responds Tesla.

So much of my attention has hit competition that my ideas are being stolen. I will not give up my concepts of power transmission and broadcasting."

Twain jokingly, "Someone needs to get the word out. The printed page takes so long." It's never easy to be ahead of one's time."

"You know Marconi won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his separate but parallel development of the wireless telegraph," says Tesla with disappointment, "using my patents."

Twain is very understanding, "You can only do so much. Quit fretting - the world is realizing what you have done; they just don't realize the hardships we all go through to make things happen."

"Humanity has not sufficiently advanced to be willingly led. Maybe in our present world at best revolutionary ideas are hampered and ill-treated to be put through the test of time and bitter trials and tribulations," says Tesla wistfully.

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