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Old 09-29-08, 08:53 PM   #1
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Little known story

Interesting;

Here is something you car buffs probably didn't know.

The 3 Goldberg brothers, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell invented
and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. Didn't know that,
did ya...

On July 17th, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97. The 3 brothers
walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary
into telling him that 3 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 - 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 dollars 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 that it was installed in.

There was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on 2 million Ford cars.

They haggled back and forth for about 2 hours and finally agreed on 4
million dollars and that just their first names would be shown.

And so, even today, all Ford air-conditioners show on the controls the
names 'Norm, Hi, & Max'.
There, now ya know it.... See, you're never too old to learn. So keep cool.
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I have seen their names there and always have wondered just who they were... Thanks for the info.
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Don gets the groan-a-thon award.
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Great info Don!!!! Man, you sure can learn alot on this board
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Talking

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Great info Don!!!! Man, you sure can learn alot on this board
Yeah, just don't try to repeat anything you learn here on Jeopardy. You may not like the results.

Could you imagine Don on Jeopardy??? Now THAT would be entertainment!
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