~e; Electric Nation (tonight)
Thu, 16 Jan 2003 11:52:40 -0600
just learned that there will be a show on US public
TV, part 2 of the Building of America series, which
is called: Electric Nation.
for those who able to access PBS, it is on roughly
in the evening hours, 8pm CST heretime. brian
more info is available on the PBS website, at:
"Program Two: 'Electric Nation'
"How America Got Wired
The delivery of electricity to homes, businesses and factories has
perhaps transformed society more than any other engineering
achievement. "Electric Nation" documents how electricity became a part
of every American's life.
In the early 1880s, Thomas Edison moved from Menlo Park, New Jersey, to
Pearl Street in Manhattan to build the world's first central electrical
generating station. Its goal: to light a few blocks in the city,
including the offices of J. P. Morgan and The New York Times . Edison
succeeded, launching the electric-lighting era; power plants spread to
Edison's virtually unknown prodigy, Samuel Insull, created the modern
electric utility in Chicago. Insull consolidated small electric power
plants into Commonwealth Edison, then led the industry to make
electricity affordable to almost everyone within reach of its lines.
Despite Insull's model, most private utilities did not wire rural
areas, claiming it too costly. Yet electricity had come to be viewed
as a necessity. If private companies refused to bring electricity to
rural Americans, the government would. The Tennessee Valley Authority
was born. Its leaders, engineer Arthur Morgan and lawyer David
Lilienthal, helped complete the job started by Edison a half century
earlier in wiring America.""
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