The Moore American

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July 10, 2013

Here’s a big thank-you for inventions that make life easy

MOORE — As temperatures soar in the upper 90s this week, it makes us thankful for many modern inventions. When I entered my car the temperature on the dash boasted “97.” A quick flip of a switch and the air conditioner powered on high and quickly cooled off the inside of the car.

So I wondered… who was the wonderful person who invented air conditioning for cars? Turns out that it was actually four people — the Goldberg brothers. In 1946, they approached Henry Ford (of the Ford car company) and asked him to come outside to their car. The temperature outside was 97 degrees and Henry Ford suggested that they come to his office instead.

With a little persuasion, Henry Ford entered their vehicle, where the temperature inside was recorded to be about 130 degrees. They turned on their invention — the automobile air conditioning system — and the car cooled off immediately. Henry Ford became so excited he had the four Goldberg brothers come back to his office and offered them $3 million for the patent.

That was 67 years ago and, today Goldberg brothers, as the heat continues to climb, we thank you for giving us the luxury of automobile air conditioning.

Stepping into the sweltering heat of the garage to do laundry reminded me of those days in our basement when I was growing up, where our mother washed clothes with a wringer washer and hung them on the clothesline outside to dry. Today we simply toss the clothes into the washer and switch them to the dryer, all with only minutes of time spent in the hot garage.

Thank you, Bendix Corporation for introducing the automatic washing machine in 1937. And thank you, J. Ross Moore, who invented the gas and electric clothes dryer. It took him 30 years to bring it to completion and he had great financial troubles before selling his idea in 1938.

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