Did you know that following Thomas Alva Edison’s death on October 18, 1931, President Hoover issued a request that all Americans turn off their lights for one minute at 7 pm. Pacific Time the evening of October 21 as a tribute to the great inventor’s memory?
Did you know Thomas Edison was married twice? His first wife Mary died in 1884 at age 29 leaving Edison with three children to raise. Two years later he used a message in Morse Code to propose to Mina Miller who was nineteen years younger than him and she accepted. They had three more children together.
Did you know Thomas Edison’s parents were Canadians? His father’s family was from Nova Scotia and his mother’s from Vienna, Ontario.
Did you know Thomas Edison first visited Fort Meyers Florida in 1885 and that he and his wife Mina built a home there where their family spent the winters for some fifty years?
Did you know that Dave and I visited that estate this week and learned all kinds of fascinating things about Thomas Edison who took out patents on 1,093 inventions during his life time including the phonograph and movie projector?
Did you know our visit to the Edison Museum was the first stop on a trip to the Florida Keys we are making with our friends Rudy and Sue Nikkel? Rudy had been to the museum more than thirty years ago and wanted to go back for a return visit.
Did you know that Thomas Edison didn’t really invent the light bulb? Other inventors had produced an incandescent light before him. He did, however, create the first practical long-lasting lightbulb along with an electrical system to support it.
Did you know Thomas Edison was technically deaf probably as a result of a bout with scarlet fever as a child? His hearing loss made school very difficult for him and he only attended for a few months. His mother taught him at home and he never attended a college or university.
Did you know that Thomas Edison was an avid fisherman which is one reason why he located his home on the Caloosahatchee River?
Did you know that both Thomas Edison and his wife were very interested in botany and gardening? Their estate in Fort Meyers had many fruit trees, more than 17,000 kinds of plants Edison tested as a possible source of rubber, a huge vegetable garden, a moonlight garden designed by one of the first American female landscape artists Ellen Shipman and many stands of bamboo. Edison thought he could use bamboo fibre to create the filament for his light bulbs.
Did you know Thomas Edison loved to go camping and that his good friend and next door neighbor in Fort Meyers was Henry Ford?
Did you know that everyone in the Edison family including Thomas Edison himself played the piano?
Did you know Thomas Edison enjoyed watching spring training baseball in southwest Florida?
Did you know that visiting the Edison estate in Fort Meyers is a chance to get up close and personal with a famous person and his family and enjoy a good walk amid some lovely scenery? I’m glad our friend Rudy suggested it.
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