Lead: In 1877, Thomas Alva Edison stumbled upon his most original invention, the audio phonograph. He captured sound.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Most of Thomas Edison's inventions were either improvements on other ideas or adaptations of existing technology. His incandescent lamp was vastly more efficient than any before, making home lighting economically viable. His kinetoscope laid the foundation for the modern motion picture. It was with the phonograph, however, that Edison made his most creative contribution to modern life and its discovery was by accident.
Lead: Yes, it's true. The cow did kick over a lantern and Chicago went up in flames.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts
Content: In the fall of 1871 the city of Chicago was the focus of enormous amount of political activity, the junction of numerous railroads, home of countless commercial enterprises. The city was young and brash and rich, an exciting place to be, and in that October lay along the shores of Lake Michigan, a ready victim for one of the largest municipal fires in American history.
On Saturday the 7th of October, a fire between Clinton St. and the River had destroyed nearly a million dollars worth of property, The fire department had finally extinguished it but though it was the largest thus far witnessed in Chicago, it was just a preview of what was to follow.
Lead: Charlie Crocker's men lay ten miles of track and won for their boss a $10,000 bet.
Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.
Content: It all started in late October 1868. Thomas C. Durant, of the Union Pacific Railroad, had just witnessed his own men laying 7 3/4 miles of track, a record for a single day's work. He then cabled Charlie Crocker, chief engineer of the Central Pacific working eastward on the first continental rail link. He wagered $10,000 that the Union Pacific's record could not be broken surpassed. Crocker thought he could beat it, accepted the bet, and bragged that his crew could lay ten miles of track in a single day.