Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The wizard of Menlo Park

When I was Archer's age, I spent hours reading the stories in the Childcraft supplements to our bookshelf of World Book Encyclopedias. One of those stories was about the young Thomas Alva Edison saving a child on the railroad tracks while he was working in a telegraph office. Others that I will never forget until the day I die involved the invention of the ice cream cone, the hot dog, and the safety pin.

Today Archer gave a Powerpoint presentation on Thomas Alva Edison. He did a fantastic job, presenting a rather quirky (and occasionally dubious) collection of facts, while enunciating clearly, making clarifying asides, and even cracking a couple of jokes. Here's a very brief, impressionistic video that gives you an idea of what it was like to be there.

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