Inventing the Future A Photo biography Of Thomas Alva Edison. Genre: Biography. Boston was PERFECT for Thomas Edison !!! In 1868 Edison took a job in the Western Union telegraph office in Boston.
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Inventing the Future
A Photo biography
Edison was inspired by all the activity he found!
He met with people who had money to invest in the development of his ideas.
By the time he was 23, he had a great reputation & several financial backers
* he hired several skilled machinists & clockmakers to assist in his inventions
While working on dozens inventions at once, Edison 1st developed a method of team inventing – that would characterize the rest of his career.
Edison wasdescribed as generous, competitive & determined
He often gave his workers a
percentage in the profits made
on an invention!
Thomas Edison said many things to show his level of determination!
“ Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”
“Negative results are just what I want. They’re just as valuable to me as positive results.”
“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”
“The phonograph is my baby & I expect it to grow
up and be a big fellar & support me in my
You need to find answers to these questions……
Why do you think the author included some of Edison’s quotations?
Edison was a good businessman as well as a good inventor. Name supporting evidence for this from the story.
3. How did the author organize the story & why do you think it was done this way?
(things to consider in your answer…..chronological? Quotations used? Genre?)