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04-11-2013, 16:04
Did you know

The Goldberg Brothers - were the Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner

Here's a little fact for automotive buffs, or just to dazzle your friends.

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell,

invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.

On July 17, 1946, the air 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 them $3 million for the patent.

The brothers refused, saying they would settle for $2 million,

but they wanted recognition, by having a label, saying

'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's name on millionís of Fords.

They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on $4 million

and that just their first names would be shown.

And so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show --

Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max -- on the controls.

04-11-2013, 17:37

04-11-2013, 18:27
I have just read this out to some people in work thinking it was real.
Well done, you got me
Graham the gullible

04-11-2013, 18:56
Your taxi is here