Ford air conditioning

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  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner
    Here's a little fact for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.

    The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees.

    The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four 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 degrees, 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 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 in which it was installed.

    Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg's name on two million Fords.

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

    And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show --
    Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.
     
  2. ApisBees

    ApisBees Active Member

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    At 4 million they gave it away should have asked for 25 cents for every one installed.

    A guy that worked in a Black & Decker plant made this work table at home and one of his coworkers talked about it to supervisors,up the line, and management saw the potential of building, marketing, and selling them. They would give him a dollar for every unit they sold. The Item the Black & Decker work horse and it wasn't very long before the guy was a millionaire.
     

  3. Slowmodem

    Slowmodem New Member

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    Yep, the guy that came up with the idea for the pushbutton on back of Craftsman ratchets lived just outside of Chattanooga when I was growing up. He got $40 million for that idea. He eventually went back and sued them for more. I don't remember if it got it or not. But, life would be dull if we all had a crystal ball.
     
  4. Ray

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    Iddee, I think you ran into a great big urban myth.:shock:
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    You would see the humor if you just looked. The 4 names are the 4 settings on all the air conditioners. It has nothing to do with anyone's names.

    Low, Normal, High, and Maximum.
     
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    Slowmodem New Member

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  7. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    It is a myth lol that's why it's in the joke place lol
     
  8. Ray

    Ray Member

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    Color me dense:oops: and it won't be the last time:roll:
     
  9. Minz

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    IDee had me a chuckle, Rays post had me rolling!