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image of the day: Henry Ford



Henry Ford

A crafty engineer, Henry Ford built his first automobile in 1896. A predecessor to the 1907 Model T, the Quadracycle consisted of a simple motor mounted on a buggy frame. Before Ford began to produce the automobiles that made him famous, he had been an unimpressive student from a Michigan farming family. But he began to demonstrate skill and interest in mechanical work, and left farming and business school behind to work with machines. He learned about steam engines at his job with Westinghouse, and later worked as an engineer for Edison Electric Illuminating Company. As Ford Motors developed, he hoped to emulate Edison. Ford died in 1947 a fabulously wealthy and influential businessman.

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Quotation: She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table. Henry James


She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table.

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today’s birthday: Robert McNamara (1916)


Robert McNamara (1916)

United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNa...

United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on the telephone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

McNamara served as the US Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. He took the post just months after being named president of the Ford Motor Company. As secretary, he shifted US military strategy away from heavy reliance on nuclear weaponry and strengthened conventional fighting capacity. He initially supported the escalation of the Vietnam War, but his growing doubts led him to eventually resign from the cabinet. He then became the president of what international organization? More… Discuss

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this day in the yesteryear: Henry Ford Test-Drives His First Vehicle (1896)


Henry Ford Test-Drives His First Vehicle (1896)

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Controversial but undeniably influential, Ford was an American engineer who is widely credited with developing the world’s first modern assembly line used in mass production. In the 1880s, the first “horseless carriages” hit the streets, and Ford, future founder of the Ford Motor Company, found himself inspired to build one of his own. In 1896, he produced his first self-propelled vehicle, the Quadricycle, which ran on an ethanol-powered engine and four bicycle wheels. How much did it sell for? More… Discuss

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