Monday, December 5, 2011

Business Humour I

The Goldberg Brothers versus Anti-Semite Henry Ford
The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner”

Here's a little factoid for automobile 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 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 him that he come to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 110 degrees,
turned on the air conditioner...and cooled the car immediately.

The old man got very excited and invited them back to the office,
where he offered them $3,000,000 for the patent.
The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2,000,000
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
$4,000,000 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.

(Thanks to my son,  who forwarded the above to me)

Research states that actually in 1937 when the Cohen brothers
(Hyman, Max and Norman) visited Henry Ford,
he refused to have Jewish names on his car manufacturing.

The Corporate Structure

Chairman of the Board: Leaps tall buildings in a single bound;
Is more powerful than a locomotive;
Is faster than a speeding bullet;
Walks on water, and
Gives policy to GOD!

President: Leaps short buildings in a single bound;
Is more powerful than a switch engine;
Is just as fast as a speeding bullet;
Walks on water if the sea is calm;
Talks with GOD!

Senior Vice President: Leaps short buildings with a running jump
AND favourable winds;
Is almost as powerful as a switch engine;
Is faster than a speeding BB;
Walks on water in an indoor swimming pool;
Talks with GOD if special request is approved.

Vice President: Barely clears a quonset hut;
Loses tug-of-war with a locomotive;
Can fire a speeding bullet;
Swims well;
Is occasionally addressed by GOD!

Assistant Vice President: Makes high marks on the wall when trying
to leap small buildings;
Is run over by a locomotive;
Can sometimes handle a gun without
inflicting self-injury;
Dog paddles;
Talks to animals!

Secretary: Lifts buildings and walks under them;
Kicks locomotives off the track;
Catches speeding bullets in her teeth
And Eats Them;
Freezes water with a single glance;

Merle Baird-Kerr . . . written October 10, 2011

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  1. Merle, I thoughly enjoyed this Entry as I worked in business over 30 years owning my own business and I really appreciate this new entry of yours... explaning about Air Conditioning and the story behind it... Merle... always discovering the hidden secrets of success.

    "No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude." ~Author Unknown

  2. Thank you, you know, most of my submissions are personal to my experiences; occasionally I locate info
    which is pertinent to my blog theme...even Humour affects
    our Lives! Laughter IS Good Medicine!
    I fully agree with "Author Unknown".