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Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Ahab, Jun 25, 2007.

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  1. Ahab

    Ahab Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    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 you..

    On July 17th, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97Fº.

    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 130Fº - 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.

    Now old man Ford was more than just a little bit
    Anti-Semitic, and 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 you know the rest of the story....
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