One for the car experts on here...

  Bingalau 17:06 05 Sep 2008

Here is something you car buffs probably didn't know. But once again is it true?

The 3 Goldberg brothers, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.
Didn't know that,did ya...

On July 17th, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97. The 3 brothers walked into old man Henry Ford's office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that 3 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- they 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 them 3 million dollars 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 that it was installed in.
Now old man Ford was more than just a little bit Anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldbergs' name on 2 million Ford cars. They haggled back and forth for about 2 hours and finally agreed on 4 million dollars and that just their first names would be shown.
And so, even today, all Ford air-conditioners show on the controls the names 'Norm, Hi, & Max'.

There, now ya know it.... See, you're never too old to learn. Keep it cool!!!

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:32 05 Sep 2008

click here :-)


  Forum Editor 17:32 05 Sep 2008

all Ford air-conditioners do not show on the controls the names 'Norm, Hi, & Max'.

  NewestRoyWidd1 17:52 05 Sep 2008

Boos loudly at the mighty GANDALF <|:-)>,and the even mightier FE for spoiling the smiles Bingalau's post brought to a very rainy day here.

  Bingalau 20:25 05 Sep 2008

Thanks NRW1. That was the intention of course. That "snopes" site should be banned for spoiling all our fun.

  Pineman100 18:13 07 Sep 2008

Bingalau - you've closed this thread, but I just want to tell you that I wasted over a minute of my life reading that dreadful shaggy dog story.

I'm 65 y'know. I haven't got any time to spare!

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