Fun Fact March 7, 2022.

Today in history; let the ringing begin!  According to History dot com, it was on March 7, 1876 that Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.  The 29 year old Bell was working with his father, Melville Bell, in London.  His father had developed Visible Speech, a written system used to teach the deaf to speak.  The younger Bell developed an interest in the possibility of sending speech over wires.  The telegraph had made it possible to connect distant places, but still required someone to deliver a written message to the recipient.  Bell wanted to solve that issue by creating what he called a “harmonic telegraph.”  With the help of Thomas Watson, a machine shop employee, Bell developed a prototype. In this first telephone, sound waves caused an electric current to vary in intensity and frequency, causing a thin, soft iron plate–called the diaphragm–to vibrate. These vibrations were transferred magnetically to another wire connected to a diaphragm in another, distant instrument. When that diaphragm vibrated, the original sound would be replicated in the ear of the receiving instrument.  Three days after filing for the patent, Bell made that first, famous, call saying “Mr. Watson, come in here I need you.”  Shortly after that Bell’s telephone rang.  Upon answering, Bell found out that the warranty on his horseless carriage had expired.   Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact March 7, 2022.
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