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Thomas Alva Edison -- An Interview

Updated on April 9, 2013
Glenmont,  West Orange New Jersey's Thomas Edison's last house in Llewelyn Park
Glenmont, West Orange New Jersey's Thomas Edison's last house in Llewelyn Park | Source
Edison Resting Place next to wife Mina, West Orange New Jersey
Edison Resting Place next to wife Mina, West Orange New Jersey | Source

West Orange

New Jersey

February 11, 2047

Today marks the 200th anniversary of Thomas Alva Edison death. Residents of Llewellyn Park, West Orange are having their 194th annual meeting to discuss the fate of the community which is usually held on every January 1st.

Several landslides from the first range of the Watchung mountains have caused damages to the eastern slope, resulting in irreversible erosion to the once lush and wooded area . A group of Scientists from the well known MIT and the European Nuclear organization, CERN, convinced the residents, the National Park service and the Governor of New Jersey to use their latest retro DNA Analyser, an improved bio retro-scanner.

Might seem like a modern version of "One step beyond" and the "twilight zone" combined, but our scientists have already tested the "bio-engineered device" with other distinguished 19th Century Scientists like Madame Curie and the Lumiere brothers.

How Does it Work?

A nano-gamma bio-algorithmic probe "scanned" through the remains, with family permission of course, and added a sequential theoretical psychosomatic "self" to data collected through centuries. However, and this is so important, search engines would fill the holes during sensitive period of times.

This was just a simple explanation for the general public; we left aside the psychosomatic and psychological implications that were held within acceptable parameters.

Phisicist and bio engineer Dirk Baumann is already testing a Crown like set of sensors to put it on my head. Words like,"98 precent of inspiration," "Mary had a Little lamb" are already being Heard through the sensors...


Before long I was witnessing my own childhood along with Mr. Edison*s. I let the scientists know, because I was already going back in time to my own beginnings as well. They were kind enough to calibrate and isolate the inventors own genome. Was this a future movie in its early stage?

Fast Forward>>>



4 Days Later

The "probe" results have been handed down to the nuclear European commission in accordance with protocols an academic sharing policies between Massachussetts' MIT and Swiss CERN. Three Scientists have worked on the holographic detailed replicator. Meaning that we would able to have an actual conversation with a tridimensional "self" duplicate of the iconic person of study. Far-fetched?

"Joseph, you are all set for the interview now," said Francois Troissant, a bio-physicist that completed the tedious genomic bio-algorithm for the probe.

"Thanks, Francois!"

"Tress bien mon ami"

"Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front" circa 1922
"Thomas Alva Edison, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing front" circa 1922 | Source

The Interview

This is amazing! Here is where Tim Berners-Lee, who truly specified technological applicability and/or linguistic construction of that feared HTML, made the net a reality!!

"Now I'm facing a giant step for humanity," I said to myself. A film from Milan Ohio from 1847 is shown to me sequentially. I see Henry Ford and President Warren G. Harding next to Harvey Firestone and Edison himself. Suddenly, I saw this man in his middle sixties that came into the conference room. Is Thomas Alva Edison, who like a normal folk was able to talk to us, thanks to this tridimensional holographic probe.


Straight Into the interview

" Good Morning Mister Thomas Alva Edison"

"Good morning Joseph!"

"A pleasure to have you with us. Nice talking to you!"

" My pleasure young man"

"Just want to thank you for your time"

"Time... huh. Now I have more time than ever Joseph!"

"Here are my questions, and well, feel free to answer them"

"Sure, Joseph"

Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison
Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison | Source

The Wonder Years

Aside from the incident where you saved this three-year-old Jimmie MacKenzie from being hit by a runaway train in Port Huron. Do you think luck was with you?

This is a good question Joseph. I have certain access to biographies and events from where I am. And I've noticed certain people that never made all the way into the limelight of fame.

Some musicians were mediocre and some scientists never came up with something worth mentioning in those history books. First thing first. I believe my fate was marked at birth.

I was born in Milan Ohio where people did work hard for their living; I sincerely believe that the construction of the Milan Canal that began in 1833 and it opened to lake navigation on July 4, 1839 marked my parents determination to move there.

Curiously, the peak year of commerce was around the year of my birth,1847. Although by 1854, when I was seven, we had to move to Port Huron Michigan.

My father was smart enough to see the declining of commerce with the advent of railroads in the 1850s. By 1865 the so called canal-bourne prosperity ended for good.

Postcard of Port Huron, Michigan, 1903
Postcard of Port Huron, Michigan, 1903 | Source
Young Thomas Alva
Young Thomas Alva | Source

The Begining of His Visionary Entrepreneurship

Thomas set in an offset printing machine, and obtained the rights to sell his "Grand Trunk Herald" through the route. This was the beginning of a rewarding career as a businessman. His innate talent led to found 14 business including General Electric, GE.

Deafness Issues

You are right Thomas about being predestined to be the one. Seems that deafness helped you develop that Phonograph of yours. How did you become partially deaf?

Because we have two versions of the story, and we want to hear from you. We confirmed ourselves, though, that you developed hearing problems at an early age. The cause of your deafness most certainly was attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during your childhood and recurring untreated middle-ear infections. So...

Oh! Then you got all the answers Joseph. When I was in that infamous wagon heading to Detroit, a frightening fire started in my made up lab inside the train, and the conductor got mad and threw me from the train with the whole chemical apparatus and 'empirical lab.'

He wanted to take justice with his own hands, but he couldn't. To be honest with you, the explosion really impaired my hearing abilities at that moment for years; and to make it worse this conductor didn't want to stop the train and literally threw me off my wagon at Smiths Creek, Michigan. I made up the whole story of the injury stating that it occurred when the conductor, in helping me onto a moving train, lifted him by my ears. Don't politicians change bios for every election campaign?

Your are funny as well Sir!

Mina Edison, née Mina Miller, second wife of American inventor,  circa 1906
Mina Edison, née Mina Miller, second wife of American inventor, circa 1906 | Source


You married your first wife in 1871 and she was born in 1855. Summer of 55 in our own words. Don't you think you were a little too old for her?

Talking about timing. Back then it was normal to marry a 13 years old "lady", sorry for the euphemism, but yeah I fell in love with Mary Stilwell. She was an employee that I met in October of 1871. We got married on December 25th. You couldn't beat that!

Now, I think here starts a change in your life. Mary Edison died at age 29 on August 9, 1884, right in the midst of hundred of inventions that changed our civilization. Is that true that you became meaner and hostile toward your employees, because of events like this?

I wish you were there Joseph. I understand your point and where you want to go. Just heard about this Steve Jobs, a modern Icon character. Just remember this: We were subjects tied to our times, ambitions and influences. I see back in retrospective and I think I was hard on my employees, but they needed a leadership and I was a cunning entrepreneur.

I was there to push them into the hassle of productivity. Going back to Mary. She was my life! I did cry so many nights wondering why she had to leave me so young. That was not easy task for me.

So you met Mina Miller and got Married again?

Mina was a 20 years old Methodist child. Her father was Lewis Miller, a great philanthropist indeed. My kids needed a mother and she was a fantastic woman who filled that void. I was 39 back then. We did have 3 more children

You talk about those times with so much fondness...Sir Edison.

My kids are with me now. Sometimes I ask Henry Ford to come to play Golf with my two boys... and he certainly does. He even comes in a well preserved T- model or Tin Lizzy. I'm so grateful to him for those earthly camping, back in 1914. By 1923, our wives joined the party.

A statue of a young Thomas Edison in front of the Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron, Michigan.
A statue of a young Thomas Edison in front of the Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron, Michigan. | Source


Might sound too cliche Mr. Edison, but where did you get your inspirations? We have our muses and our love for reading.

Joseph, muses or not, I believe we were predestined to be somebody in life. I truly believe that all came from my parents as well. My father escaped from Nova Scotia back in 1837 and I think that made me a quick thinker and adventurous to death. My mother home schooled me after I failed grammar school. I promised myself never let her down, after all the care and quality time she spent with me.

Interesting perspective that are not in the Books.

I think you did a good job so far. You are going to be surprised with an offering one day..

Please tell me! Can you tell me? I'm curious now! Would you please?

If I knew I wouldn't tell you, and If I didn't know, I wouldn't try to tell ya!

You've got me on this one Sir Thomas!

(1856-1943) at age 34
(1856-1943) at age 34 | Source

Nicola Tesla

Why did YOU mention or say to Nicola Tesla that... er, he was not American enough to understand a Joke?

Joseph, I said, "When you become a full-fledged American you will appreciate an American joke"

I know I was wrong. Totally ludicrous. Actually I talked to Nicola on our "higher level" and we apologized and said sorry to each other. I regret so much what I did on the last years of my physical existence.

So Westinghouse and Tesla were right after all..?

He did what he thought it was right. Nicola Tesla was there to back him up. I had investors like J.P. Morgan on my side. My earthly pride was at stake. My human ego never left me alone. I did promise mom to get the best out of myself, and intrinsically that's what I did.

Listen Joseph, I still feel the diabetes complications running through my veins. I apologize and repent for my wrong deeds. Nicola was one of my best engineer and Inventor and as Americans I did him wrong. I recognize my error, and I wish things would've been different now.

I believe the world is not the same because of you Mr. Edison. You did an amazing Job and I do admire you more than ever!

Thank you Joseph. This was so kind of you, but can I say my favorite quote?


"Genius is one per cent inspiration
and ninety-nine per cent perspiration."

We took our break, and we were about to start talking about Henry Ford, but it was already 3:23 a.m. We knew he had so much to tell us... but the experience was out of this world!


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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Thanks to you Jainismus, Hope to see you around. You have a wonderful day/ evening, over there in Pune.

  • jainismus profile image

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    5 years ago from Pune, India

    Wonderful interview with a wonderful scientist..... Thank you for sharing.

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish 

    5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    Cool! I respect Edison's work very much.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Patty, Edison was a hard worker and did his best for his country. If they talk about him taking other's people inventions, then don't forget what we see in front of us: TV, blu-rays discs, X-ray machines... you name it; even this darn Ipad started at Menlo Park or West Orange. His 99% of transpiration and perspiration went down into history like the best coffee of our lives. Thanks for stopping by dear Pat! An honor to have you here.

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish 

    5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

    This is an interesting interview. In a psych class, we were required to do an "educational family tree." It turned out that my psychology supervisor was trained and mentored by a man that was trained and mentored by an older man that had worked in one of Mr. Edison's laboratories! Probably not the one on the train, lol. Luckily, I have seen Edison's birthplace in my own state and some materials of his at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn MI. This Hub has brought back memories.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Thanks Eddy! Your words are truly felt. You have a wonderful weekend as well.

  • Eiddwen profile image


    5 years ago from Wales

    Absolutly wonderful; Joseph ;each and every one of your hubs are brilliantl and I vote acoross the board here.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Thanks Molometer, Well if there are enough orders of this probe, maybe we can make a deal with the manufacturer. Lol! Thanks for the shares.

    @Old ALBION, Thanks for that support Graham. This interview came when we started to read about Thomas all over again. His childhood was fascinating, and we felt inspired again!

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    Graham Lee 

    5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

    Hi LDC. A very different hub here, thought provoking and clever. Congratulations on your clever perceptions. I really enjoyed it.

    Voted up and all.


  • molometer profile image


    5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Holy macaroni, where can I get one of these 'nano-gamma bio-algorithmic probe' It would be really useful lol.

    Very imaginative and the interview impressive. Thomas Alva Edison made some great light bulbs and a whole bunch of other great stuff.

    Voted up Lord and all the votes. Tweet.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Tammy swallow, there was so much. Legend has it that his last second of breathing was encapsulated in a bottle. Could we be able to use it one day? This was exciting and intriguing writing! The rewards are being fulfilled by new advancements and techno achievements coming our way.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Lathing! Thanks to you! Your comment is truly appreciated! Have a nice one...and keep writing exciting creativity!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Mary, Lol! This hub was in our heads from time to time. We have visited his West Orange lab and personal library. Even his talking doll was there and we could see that Black Mary. This means, we have lived through vivid history. Thanks! Your clever comment made us laugh!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Morning Polly, totally appreciated by your visiting. Seems that we did write something more appealing than a history book or a bio. Glad to see you with us! Thanks again for your feedback.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Pam Oglesby, Thanks for reading this hub. Took more that one might think. We started to nail the subject back in 1983, when we came across a book with his full biography. The rest is added imagination of a forseeable future that is already at our doorsteps. Thanks again!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Morning Curiad, well the idea evolved in 1983. Read a bio about Edison and became awared of the man behind the invention. Thanks for stopping by Mark!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Good Morning Debbie, Where do we come with these hubs? Certainly I have no idea. Just ideas and titles that come to our minds. Hope you are doing bette. Nice to see you being creative and pumping up thse hubs. Thanks dear Debbie!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Thanks Michelle, you are certainly right! Without Minds like Edison there wouldn't have been more inventions that followed accordingly. You have a wonderful day!

  • tammyswallow profile image


    5 years ago from North Carolina

    This is such a creative hub! I never knew any thing about Edison outside of his inventions. I learned a lot. Great hub!

  • LaThing profile image


    5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Very creative imagination with a twist in history!! Enjoyed it, thanks for the fun read... Voting up and interesting!

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    Mary Craig 

    5 years ago from New York

    Just as Edison Lord, you were predestined to be somebody in life! Just look at your "nano-gamma bio-algorithmic probe "...think of what we can do with that ;)

    How nice of Mr. Edison to give you such a wonderful interview!

    Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Need a CREATIVE button too!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Billybuc, you were talking about passion and inspirations, and I did publish this hub 5 hours before. Thanks Sir for your support and feedback! 1,000 hub fans? Yikes Billy!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Imkarn23, surely it took somer sleepless nights to put this hub together. Glad you enjoyed. I would love to invite to dinner so many hsitorical figures, strating with Cleopatra and Joan D'arc. Thanks for the fun and heartlight commenting!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Faith Reaper, that was an astounding response. Your mind was answering faster than your fingertips, lol! Whatver could come from the near future will blow our minds. Is like talking to Thomas Alva about the Rover that landed on Mars. Sincerily appreciated for your awesome words!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Thanks for your kind Commenting Janine; this hub really took all of our imagination. Research was done left and right. Glad you like it! Thanks!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    5 years ago from New York

    Mhatter99, Lol! If you say so! No wonder your limericks do have a good taste and flair. Thanks!

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    Martin Kloess 

    5 years ago from San Francisco

    My good fan Curiad stepped on my comment, so this might be a good idea. It certainly can put a unique spin on history.

  • Pollyannalana profile image


    5 years ago from US

    What a fantastic history lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    5 years ago

    Joseph, As others have stated this truly was an inspired hub. You wrote a very clever and interesting interview about a fascinating man of history. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Curiad profile image

    Mark G Weller 

    5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Whay an interesting "Interview" Joseph! this was an awesome idea for a hub!

  • Deborah Brooks profile image

    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Joseph where do you come up with these topics? you amaze me my friend.. what a great hub.. its like you are really there..


    and blessings


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    Michelle Liew 

    5 years ago from Singapore

    Clever and artful layout I'd say!! Ok, am sharing this for you. Without Edison, we wouldn't have many things in life! Like lights for one. Sheer proof that anyone can make good!! Thanks for the interesting, well-researched interview!

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Joseph, what a very clever man you are! Great hub, the questions and answers were right on, and you did some great research! Well done my friend.

  • ImKarn23 profile image

    Karen Silverman 

    5 years ago

    Vivid imagination You got there, Lord! Interesting device as well! Your interview questions were definitely...probing! I can think of at least a few folks i'd LOVE to interview! It's like the question: If you could invite any 10 people - dead or alive - for dinner - who would they be...VERY thought provoking hub, sir! If "Genius is one per cent inspiration

    and ninety-nine per cent perspiration" - i'm figurin' you sweated over this one!

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    Faith Reaper 

    5 years ago from southern USA

    Oh, how cool, Lord - this is amazing, what you are able to do with your nano gamma . . . probe!!! You are a visionary and with this invention, I guess we will not be seeing you around here much longer. As I know you will be too busy nano gamming gathering information from all the unknowns of those who have passed on for the government, but if that happens you will not be able to share some secrets with all of us once you join up with the government. I love the intereview and you have brought a new style to the interviewing process - so unique and only your style. Thomas was an interesting fellow and had an intersting life no doubt. You asked him the perfect questions here. Well done!!! What's great about your nano gamma . . . probe, you can always go back and ask what you may have forgotten, or can you? Very clever write, Lord. Your writings are getting more and more "inventive" and your mind is great with imagination. As a child, I would have loved to hear some of the stuff you came up with then with your imagination and vision. Have a great day. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Janine Huldie 

    5 years ago from New York, New York

    Jospeh, loved this interview and quite enjoy how your ind works, so I would agree with Thomas Alva Edison on this one. Very nice job here and have voted up and shared too!!


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