On this day in music history: October 17, 1919 - RCA (the Radio Corporation of America) is founded in New York City. The company is the incorporation of several different organizations including the Marconi Wireless Company Of America, General Electric, the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, United Fruit Company and American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T). RCA’s first general manager is David Sarnoff plays an instrumental role in the success and growth of the corporation. Among Sarnoff’s achievements are the establishment of the first major radio and television network, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), the film production company RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum), and in 1929, RCA acquires the Victor Talking Machine Company (later known as RCA Victor). RCA makes a massive impact on the communications and entertainment industries over the next sixty years, playing a vital role in the expansion of commercial radio and in the development of the television and music industries. Sarnoff works for RCA until retiring from the company in 1970, one year before his death in 1971. RCA is eventually taken over by GE in 1986 with the music division being sold to Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) (later consolidated into Sony Music Entertainment), and its electronics division is sold to the French based Thomson Consumer Electronics. General Electric maintains ownership of NBC until 2011, when it is purchased by Comcast (NBC Universal) who purchases the remaining interest of the company in 2013.
1964 BAC Lightning F3 Interceptor | British Aircraft Corporation | English Electric Lightning | Supersonic Jet Fighter of the RAF in the 1960s
1965 Jaguar E-Type | Jaguar XK-E | Series 1 | Convertible OTS | Open Two Seater | 3.8L XK Straight 6 265hp | Top Speed 240 kph 149 mph | English Sports Car manufactured in different styles and layouts between 1961 - 1975
German Americans are the USA’s #1 heritage group and have been influential in almost every field in American society, including science, architecture, business, sports, entertainment, theology, politics, and the military. Famous German-Americans include:
MILITARY: Baron von Steuben, John Pershing, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chester W. Nimitz, Carl Andrew Spaatz, Norman Schwarzkopf
POLITICIANS: Carl Schurz, Friedrich Hecker, Frederick Muhlenberg, Henry Morgenthau, Jr. and Sr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Herbert Hoover, Henry Kissinger, and John Boehner
INDUSTRY & BUSINESS: Henry J. Heinz, (Heinz ketchup), Frank Seiberling (Goodyear Tires), Walt Disney (Disney), John D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil), William Boeing (The Boeing Company/United Airlines), Walter Chrysler (Chrysler Corp), Frederick & August Duesenberg (Duesenberg Automobile Corp), Studebaker brothers (Studebaker Automobile Corp), George Westinghouse (Westinghouse Electric Corporation), Levi Strauss (Levi’s jeans), Charles Guth (Pepsi cola), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Elon Musk (SolarCity/SpaceX/Tesla Motors), James L. Kraft (Kraft Foods), Henry E. Steinway (Steinway & Sons pianos), Charles Pfizer (Pfizer, Inc.), Donald Trump (The Trump Org), John Jacob Astor (Waldorf Astoria Hotels), Conrad Hilton (Hilton Hotels), Guggenheim family (Guggenheim Foundation), Marcus Goldman (Goldman Sachs), Lehman Brothers, Carl Laemmle (Universal Studios), Marcus Loew (MGM Studios), Harry Cohn (Columbia Pictures), Herman Hollerith (IBM)), Steve Jobs (Apple Inc.), Michael Dell (Dell Inc.), Eric Schmidt (Google), Peter Thiel (PayPal Inc.), Adolph Simon Ochs and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (The New York Times), Charles Bergstresser (The Wall Street Journal), Al Neuharth (USA Today), Eugene Meyer (The Washington Post) etc.
BEER BREWING: German Americans were pioneers and dominated beer brewing for much of American history, beginning with breweries founded in the 19th century by German immigrants August Schell (August Schell Brewing Company), Christian Moerlein (Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.), Eberhard Anheuser (Anheuser-Busch), Adolphus Busch (Anheuser-Busch), Adolph Coors (Coors Brewing Company), Frederick Miller (Miller Brewing Company), Frederick Pabst (Pabst Brewing Company), Bernhard Stroh (Stroh Brewery Company), and Joseph Schlitz (Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company).
ARCHITECTS, SCIENTISTS & ASTRONAUTS: Brooklyn Bridge engineer John A. Roebling and architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe left behind visible landmarks. Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Wernher von Braun, John Peter Zenger, John Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Weizenbaum etc. set intellectual landmarks while Neil Armstrong was the first human to land on the moon.
HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE & SPORTS ATHLETES & MUSIC: Still others, such as Bruce Willis, George Eyser, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jack Nicklaus, Doris Day, Grace Kelly, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Johnny Weissmuller, Ernst Lubitsch, Walter Damrosch, John Denver, John Kay, Meryl Streep, Kim Basinger, Sandra Bullock, David Hasselhoff, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirsten Dunst, Kevin JameS, and Steven Spielberg became prominent athletes, actors, film directors or artists.
***A Letter From Dexter Marshall On Nikola Tesla’s Public Perception***
“There is perhaps no one in all this town who is more completely misunderstood than Nikola Tesla, the electrical student and inventor, and there is probably no one who cares less whether he is misunderstood or not than this same tall, nervous, intense native of southern Europe.
“This does not mean that Mr. Tesla is callously indifferent to the opinion of his fellows or that he is unduly puffed up over what he has done. On the contrary, he is very human in his desire for approbation, and his mental attitutde concerning his work is that he has only made a beginning in the field of electrical discoveries. But he realizes that the real results of his labors are not in any sense dependent upon the estimation in which he is held personally, that the test of time alone can determine the value of his discoveries and that his best course is to go ahead with his investigations regardless of what any one says of either himself or his many achievements.
Tesla and His Work.
“Having said this much, it is only fair to say that Tesla is possessed of a most luxuriant imagination and that some of his outgivings to his friends of the press may have seemed ill advised to certain persons because of apparent extravagance. Tesla is completely wrapped up in the study of the mystic current. He firmly believes that in its complete subjection by man lies the solution of most problems with which humanity is vexed.
“Fully understood and harnessed, he believes electricity will furnish the population of this earth with food, warmth, light and power at nominal cost. Social distinctions and differences of rank may, in his opinion, disappear when it is fully and properly utilized, because, as he sees it, all these distinctions and differences are created by and are directly and indirectly dependent upon financial inequalities which must vanish like the mists of dawn before the noonday sun whenever the boundless bounties of nature are made free to all who wish to take them through the mysterious, elusive agency which he is investigating.
“Mr. Tesla does not say this remarkable development is likely soon to take place, nor does he believe the world is yet ready for it. He holds, indeed, that down to the present time electrical discovery and development have been almost too rapid, and that in contemporary human conditions there is great danger that more rapid development would tend to increase rather than decrease existing inequalities. For this reason he tells his friends he does not attempt to put his more daring electrical conceptions into concrete form or to realize the utmost from his more sensational electrical discoveries. He explained the principles of wireless telegraphy in print and on the lecture platform several years ago, besides experimentally proving the correctness of his notions satisfactorily to himself, but he has never set out to prove this to the satisfaction of the world or to make telegraphing without a metallic conductor a practical thing. Now that Marconi, the Anglo-Italian, claims to be doing these things Tesla’s enemies and even some of his friends, most of whom understand him as little as those who sneer at him, are asking why he has never done this. His enemies indeed say the answer to this question is “because he is visionary and impractical in spite of his reputation,” while his friends hold their breath and half admit that this answer may be the true one.
Tesla’s Practical Inventions.
“But those who believe Tesla wholly visionary and deem none of his work practical fly very wide of the truth. It is true that the cherished “oscillator,” of which he is known to expect almost unthinkable things, and half a dozen other inventions and discoveries of which he has from time to time allowed the world to get a glimpse have not yet been made practical, but it is also true that the trolley cars of today, which have revolutionized the methods of intramural transit in every city and sizable town in the United States, could not be operated profitably had he not discovered what electricians term the “rotating field.”
“It is furthermore true that the scheme for conducting high tension currents long distances over wires is his and that without it the dream of electrically utilizing the power of Niagara falls could never have come true. The bare mention of these two practical achievements by Nikola Tesla ought to silence all talk that his inventions have no utilitarian value, to say nothing of the many other industrial and commercial applications of electricity which he has devised, but of which the outside world has heard nothing at all. The cold facts are that Mr. Tesla is at this time under a large yearly salary guaranteed by one of the two largest electrical manufacturing corporations in the United States, that he is frequently asked to solve the most thoroughly practical problems for this corporation and that much of the work done in his laboratory here is of this sort.
How He Uses His Income.
"His big income is mainly spent by Mr. Tesla in making such experiments and investigations as he thinks will tend not to the immediate increase of electricity’s practical utilization, but such as in his opinion will help most in the mystic current’s ultimate subjection. This is the work he likes most to do. It is indeed the only work he would ever turn his hand to were it not necessary to have an income to carry this on. It may be that he overestimates both the ultimate possibilities of electrical development and his own power in this regard, but of his sincerity in the premises there is not the slightest doubt in the minds of those who know him well.
"His chief weakness–if it be a weakness, and there are plenty who will not concede that it is–lies in allowing announcements to be put out periodically concerning progress made along his favorite lines. Taken by themselves and couched as they often are in the crude phraseology of writers unfamiliar with electricity and the real scope of his aspirations and intentions, some of these announcements–perhaps most of them–are not easy of assimilation by the public.
"In closing this letter it is only right to say that it has been written entirely without Mr. Tesla’s knowledge and with the full understanding that he is more likely to resent it than otherwise if it seems in any way to assume to defend him or his work.”
“Our New York Letter.”Waterloo Daily Courier, April 6, 1899.
Ship Doynatan\Davinatan\however you read that word in Hebrew (the ship name of King David and Jonathan)
Ship Shekateka [the ship name of Sheka (=socket) and Teka (=plug), 2 puppets (which look a lot like
Bert and Ernie), used by the israeli electric corporation to warn people not to use electricity while being barefoot or wet)
Fight lies and weird conspiracy theories about Israel\the Mossad\the holocaust\jewish and israeli people (and sometimes even laugh at how absurd they all are)
Hate on Benjamin Netanyahu and his friends
Make inappropriate Hebrew puns
Laugh at bad Hebrew tattoos
Laugh at israeli commenters on other sites
Don’t like it when people use the word “zionism” while they have no idea what it really means
Have nicely filterted photographs of Israel (which manage to impress us israelis as well)
Have original\unoriginal israeli memes
Bitch about the weather
Use Hebrew letters to write in English
Gif israeli cult shows
Worship NAMER HAKESEF (aka the greatest israeli meme of all time)
On this day in music history: November 2, 1920 - KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA becomes the first commercially broadcast radio station in the United States. The station is founded by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation under the supervision of Frank Conrad, who had previously operated station 8XK in near by Wilkinsburg, PA beginning in 1916. The first transmission from 75 watt station KDKA are the Presidential election results between candidates Warren G. Harding and James Cox. Shortly after this first broadcast, the station upgrades to a 100 watt transmitter to increase its reach. Broadcasting primarily news and sports for much of its existence, the station shifts to carrying programs for the NBC Blue Network in the late 20’s through the 40’s. With the advent of television, KDKA moves back to their original news and sports programming before becoming a full fledged music station in the 1950’s playing rock & roll. The station continues broadcasting music (after changing formats from rock to Adult Contemporary in the 70’s) until the 80’s when it reverts back to a news format. Still in operation to this day, KDKA operates both AM and FM frequency stations as well as a television station in the city of Pittsburg.
Elektro the Moto-Man and Sparko his dog were made by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and displayed at the New York World’s Fair in 1939 and 1940. Seven feet tall and weighing 250 pounds, Elektro could walk, smoke cigarettes, count, and unleash simple quips like, “My brain is bigger than yours.” Sparko, well he just barked, as dogs are wont to do. Probably he smoked too, if his circuits got too hot. Elektro may not seem impressive now, but at the time he amazed millions of visitors to the New York Fair. The hole in his chest was not built there in homage to Frank L. Baum’s heartless Tin Man, but so spectators could see there was no operator inside working his levers and gears. Possibly the hole grew larger when World War II’s metals shortages prompted Westinghouse to scrap plans to build him a female companion. Today Elektro resides at the Mansfield Memorial Museum in Mansfield, Ohio, where Westinghouse was once based. And little Sparko, well he’s gotten lost, as dogs as wont to do. The photo dates from 1939.