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Old 09-02-2010, 12:11 AM
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The Goldberg Brothers - The Inventors of the Automobile Air Conditioner. Here's a little factoid for automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends.

The four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner. On July 17, 1946, the 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 the recognition by having a label, '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 two million 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

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Old 09-02-2010, 12:26 AM
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Hahhaa. What?! That is so clever and awesome.
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Just watch some ##### will go & look it up on snope, & spoil it all & tell us its not true !!
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I looked it up on snopes and it is not true! --Just kidding!

I love the story!
I always wondered why they left off the letter W in low, and the gh in high!
hee hee!
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While we're discussing automotive innovations, who could forget the father of the automatic transmission, Edwin Prndl?
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Old 09-02-2010, 11:22 AM
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###### checking in. According to this place the first car with A/C was a Packard and the Ford story although quaint is not true.

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I looked it up on snopes and it is not true! --Just kidding!

I love the story!
I always wondered why they left off the letter W in low, and the gh in high!
hee hee!
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While we're discussing automotive innovations, who could forget the father of the automatic transmission, Edwin Prndl?
Everyone knows the Automatic was really the invention of a forgotten African-American engineer who was castigated by his peers on account of his homosexuality.





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