Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin Changed the World

They were cut from similar cloth, inventive minds, open to new ideas. Edison’s big four inventions were recorded sound, the light bulb/electric utilities, motion pictures and R&D labs. Franklin’s work included bi-focals, the Franklin stove, lightning rod, and being major supporter of lending libraries, community hospitals, and volunteer fire departments. Edison and Franklin are indelible memories on the American landscape, common men with enormous capacity for self-discipline, planning and organization.

 Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin Changed the World    Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin Changed the World

 Here are some very fascinating similarities between Thomas and Ben:

  • Had little formal education and were self-made
  • Were engaged at an early age in publishing and printing newspapers
  • Cultivated a fascination with electricity
  • Invented and made scientific discoveries
  • Knew the value of human communications and leadership
  • Loved humor and realized its creative value
  • Enjoyed solving problems
  • Were inveterate journal and notebook keepers
  • Researched new areas and were constantly learning
  • Fundamentally changed the world and improved our standard of living.

Here is the one that is most interesting. Both great men had sons who were governors of New Jersey.

“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.”

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Giveaway: Take your family on a tour through Thomas Edison’s Glenmont, New Jersey home … ON US!

Are you looking to take a trip this winter? How do you feel about taking a trip into history with Thomas Edison. Take a walk through the halls where he imagined some of his most fantastic inventions, climb the staircase to his private office, walk through his kitchen, imagine yourself having tea with his wife in his dining room, look out the stained-glass windows out onto his greenhouse, and see first hand some of his original inventions. Tom’s Glenmont home has something for everyone: art, glorious architecture, science, history, interior design and more.

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Home

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Home

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Home

Thomas Edison's Glenmont House

If you would like to tour this historic and amazing Glenmont, New Jersey house – for free – entry is as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

How to enter:

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PS> That means you have THREE chances to win!! Remember, you only have to do ONE of these things to enter, but if you do all THREE you have more chances to win.

* The contest provides entry and a guided tour into Thomas Edison’s home for two adults {children under 16 are admitted free}. Transportation to and from the site are the responsibility of the contest winner. There will be five winners chosen.  The contest will end on Friday, January 31, 2011 at 10pm. The winners will be announced the following Monday.  Good luck to all! and remember …

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

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