Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Creative Innovation for Cars

A couple of years ago my son sent me the following article
stating, “Here's a little factoid for your automotive buffs
or just to dazzle your friends.”

The following information may be true or untrue...you decide
about the four Goldberg brothers: Lowell, Norman, Hiram and Max
who invented and developed the first automotive 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 $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 name on two million Fords. They haggled back and forth for about two hours...finally agreeing on $4 million...and that just their first names would be shown.
And so, to this day, the Ford air conditioners show:
Lo, Norm, Hi and Max on the controls.

For the Love of Cars!

Although a farmer for many years and eventually owning and operating a Service Station/Garage with two bays, two Supertest Gas Pumps located in Brantford, he'd always loved cars and trains! Every two or three years, he changed cars from a Model T (which I don't recall), then possibly a Peerless (unclear in my memory), a gray slope-backed Dodge, a duel-tone blue and white Pontiac...and for my wedding, he purchased a new Buick! Sundays, when not working at his gas station, Mom and he would enjoy long country drives...then locate a fine restaurant for an enjoyable dinner together.

After gaining my Driver's Licence, I'd asked Dad several times if he'd permit me to drive en route to Port Dover one Sunday. He loved cars! He loved driving! In lieu of permitting me to drive his car, his advice was always handing me an Ontario map, stating, “Learn to read a map and interpret the directions before driving anywhere!” Thus, I became skilled at this task!

After his sudden heart-attack at age 56 in November, I drove his valued Buick to Burlington over the winter months to keep it in opertion; my parents' home had no garage, so his car was open to the all-weather elements. In the spring, my advice to Mom was, “You need to take driving lessons...or sell it!” After three attempts she gained her licence...driving only in daytime or on good-weather-days. After her many enjoyable years of driving, she was never issued a violation ticket.

Driving Violations

The Breath Test: This happened to an Englishman in France who was totally drunk. The French policeman stops his car...and asks the gentleman if he has been drinking. With great difficulty, the Englishman admits he has been drinking all day...that his daughter got married in the morning to a Frenchman...and that he drank champagne...a few bottles of wine at the reception...and quite a few glasses of single malt thereafter!

Quite upset, the policeman proceeds to alco-test (breath test) him...and asks the Englishman if he knows that under French law, why he is going to be arrested. The Englishman answers with humour, “No, Sir...I do not! But while we're asking questions, do you know that this is a British car...and my wife is driving on the other side?”

Traffic Camera: A man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the speed limit, even though he knew he was not speeding. Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot...driving even more slowly...but again the camera flashed. Now he began to think that this was quite funny...so he drove even slower, but again the camera flashed. He tried the fourth time with the same result. Doing this a fifth time, he was now laughing when the camera flashed as he drove past...this time at a slower pace!
Two weeks later, he got five tickets in the mail
for driving without a seat belt!

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...February 10, 2017

1 comment:

  1. Sherrie Comments: "This is a very well written article of yours on Creative Innovation for Cars.
    I know how you love your cars...and you have me appreciate mine even more!"