Edison: American Experience

Edison: American Experience

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Eidson speaking into a cylinder phonograph, 1888

Credit: Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historic Site

By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Alva Edison was one of the most famous men in the world. The holder of more patents than any other inventor in history, Edison had amassed a fortune and achieved glory as the genius behind such revolutionary inventions as sound recording, motion pictures, and electric light. Edison, airing Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, explores the complex alchemy that accounts for the enduring celebrity of America’s most famous inventor, offering new perspectives on the man and his milieu, and illuminating not only the true nature of invention, but its role in turn-of-the-century America’s rush into the future.