Every year, on (or around) February 11th, Superior Glove celebrates Thomas Edison’s birthday – complete with a giant cake and gifts for all employees.
Why would we take time out of our day to celebrate what would have been Thomas Edison’s 173rd birthday? Why does Superior Glove take the time every year to celebrate the life of this man who died almost 100 years ago?
We do it because Thomas Edison embodies the ethos of Superior Glove: He was a man who valued the quest for knowledge above all else and never stopped striving to find better, more innovative ways of doing things.
You’re probably familiar with some of Edison’s more famous accomplishments including the electric light bulb, phonograph, the motion picture camera, and founding what is still today one of the most successful companies in the world, General Electric.
This year, we wanted to highlight some lesser-known facts about this great man that might surprise you:
His father was a Canadian, born in Nova Scotia, and forced to leave Canada after being on the wrong side of the Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837
Though he worked side-by-side with many of the most prominent engineers and mathematicians of his time, he had no formal education; he was entirely self-taught
He was very nearly deaf – completely deaf in one ear and very near deaf in the other, despite this, he went on to invent the phonograph, the first way to record sound
His film studio captured the highly publicized electrocution of Topsy the elephant, one of the only animal deaths to be caught on tape
Despite the fact above, he was very much opposed to violence, especially against animals, and practiced a vegetarian lifestyle
He once told a reporter as a joke that he was working on a “spirit phone” – a machine that would allow us to communicate with the dead, which was later printed and set off quite the media storm
Please join us today in celebrating this great man whose persistent quest for knowledge gave us many of the incredible inventions that make modern life possible.
Happy birthday, Thomas Edison!
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