Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Did they call him the “Wizard Of Menlo Park” because of his supernatural good-looks? No? Was it because he worked with technology so advanced that it seems otherworldly? That’s cool too, I guess.
A savvy businessman, he held more than 1,000 patents for his inventions including the stock ticker, mechanical vote recorder, and social media. Without him, there would be no battery-operated dildos, condoms or Grindr.
Edison’s was the quintessential rags-to-riches American success story. He was totally self-taught. During his lifetime, he was a true hero to people in the USA. Because of Edison, you could go to the movies! An uninhibited egoist and publicity whore, by the time he left this world he was one of the most famous and respected Americans on the planet. If you had dated him, you would have found Edison to be positively electric! He might have put something really sexy on the phonograph and you could have done it with the (electric) lights on. That’s hawt!