This must be a joke! #
Posted by Steve Nicholas on July 29, 2009, 5:22 pm
Message modified by board administrator July 30, 2009, 2:37 pm
The 3 Goldberg brothers, Norman, Hiram, and Maximilian, invented and developed |
the first automobile air conditioner.
On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97 degrees. 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 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 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 anti-Semitic, and there was
no way he was going to put the Goldbergs name on 2 million Fords.
They haggled back and forth for about 2 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 Norm, Hi and Max on
Now you know.