Thursday, August 04, 2011

Received from a good friend that is not a blogger.


Did you know?

The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here's a little factoid for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric starter.

Henry was curious and invited them into his office. They refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees, turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, 'The Goldberg Air-Conditioner,' on the dashboard of each car in which it was installed.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show -- Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.

I can hear your groans from here. Control yourself! A buddy sent me this, and I was sucked in, too! Just forward it.


Merle said...

Hello Patty ~~ I enjoyed this joke and old Henry didn't want to use their names, but managed to satisfy
the four brothers.
Thanks for your comments and so far, so good. I didn't realize your pulse rate was slow too and how you pushed yourself to increase it. These darn doctors do make mistakes. I was prescribed what I thought was for
cholesterol and it was for Gastric
ulcers etc. I was sick in hospital
and may have needed it then, but it was marked wrongly. Another tablet was prescribed for epilepsy or nerve pain, so I have dropped
that one as I wake with a dry mouth
and have a cough now. My doctor dropped one off and I have stopped
taking the other.
Take care dear friend, and you hang in there too and keep well.
Much love, Merle.

reanaclaire said...

Hello Patty.. another enlightening post... thanks!

Arkansas Patti said...

One day I won't let you hook me like that. I was buying it at first.

ChrisJ said...

I didn't have a clue! I think we call those a shaggy dog story. A good laugh anyway.

Margaret Cloud said...

I don't own a Ford, so guess I will miss the name. Mine does not have any name, just a button.