A Name You Should Know: George Owen Squier

As an executive officer of the US Signal Corps, George Owen Squier helped the Wright brothers with their first airplane, and was even its first passenger. From there, he secured the first purchase of US military planes, launching a new ‘Aeronautical Division’ for which he was Major General during WWI. But that’s not even the coolest thing he’s done. George was also a wizard with electricity and radio technology, holding over 60 patents to his name. He invented multiplexing, which allows multiple signals to be transferred at once through a single wire, paving the way for new possibilities in telecommunication. He invented wired radio, or as he called it, “wired wireless”, as a replacement for the unreliable home radios of the era. Though it never became a household commodity in his time, (any of us with cable TV certainly owe him a tip o’ the hat) George wasn’t deterred by this minor setback. Instead he convinced businesses that piping music through their establishments would increase sales and productivity. He was right. Soon businesses across the US were playing music not through a single radio in the corner, but in several locations throughout their sotres and workshops, thanks to wired radio. His name for this new technology?

 

Muzak! That’s right, George Owen Squier is responsible for that cheesified version of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road you can never seem to get out of your head… Well he was still pretty awesome.

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The Dinosphere is just one of fourteen awesome exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest museum for children in the world!

Deadword of the Day: Tantrels

Tantrels: Incurably lazy people.

As in: The tantrels are everywhere, and they seem to be multiplying!

History Schmistory: September 26. I’m a Rocket Maaaaaan!

2008: Swiss Pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes the first person to fly across the English Channel in a winged jetpack of his own invention. Soon after, he flies over the Swiss Alps. Lucky he didn’t burn out his fuse up there alone…

His next mission? “To infinity and beyond!”

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Deadword of the Day: Mouse-web

Mouse-web: (cobweb) Refers to phlegm in the throat. To replace the ‘frog in your throat.’

As in: A-AHEM! Excuse me. Mouse-web.
 

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That’s right, goats in Morocco can climb trees. And they appear to enjoy it. What more do you need to know?

History Schmistory: September 25. Always take the garbage out!

1930: Marco’s favorite 20th century poet/songwriter/cartoonist/performer Shel Silverstein is born, presumably where the sidewalk begins.

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History Schmistory: September 24. @cs.com, y’all!!

1979: Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which includes the first electronic mail service. They’re apparently still waiting for the interstate parties to catch on…

You checked your CS mail lately? Yeah neither have we. It’s been years. It’s probably all dusty and moldy and filled with venomous spiders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CompuServe ad in Byte magazine, January 1983.

Deadword of the Day: Soul-case

Soul-case: Body

As in: My soul-case doesn’t bend that way. 

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Teddy Roosevelt declared Devil’s Tower in Wyoming the first National Monument of the United States, today in 1906. There you go. Something good happened in 1906.

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