Michael Israel electrifies us with his fully-charged Thomas Edison Master-Stroke! Fusing his own spiritual current with talent, Michael proves emphatically–the “…impossible is possible…”–just as Mr. Edison believed. Thomas Edison, considered the ‘Father’ of the modern era, is jolted from history and surges onto the canvas in magnetic force ready to consider and solve again some of mankind’s greatest puzzles! Thomas Edison holding a light bulb stands as a beacon for civilization to move forward!
Edison is often quoted by motivational speakers: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison was not born into brilliance. Thomas was born into a difficult and challenging world. Thomas persevered through extreme diligence and dedication, along with perspiration, achieving success beyond even his own standards! Thomas spent his childhood being mocked and pestered because of his overly-large forehead, overly-large head (in general), high pitched voice, hearing disability, and his constant appetite for questioning; the latter drawing the ire of most adults and his Teacher. Thomas was categorized as “hypertensive” and “addled”; two consistent illustrations of a modern day “ADD” child (Attention Deficit Disorder). Thomas’ mother, a former schoolteacher, pulled 7-year-old Thomas from the school and young Thomas waved “Good Bye” to the only formal education he would ever enjoy; all 3 months of it-Remarkable!
Thomas Edison and Michael Israel are exciting proofs that through hard work in a free and open society anything is possible! Michael wants to utilize his passion to assist those who aren’t as fortunate as he is. Thomas Edison proved that even though a person is in a difficult situation, hope always endures with patience and persistence. That is Michael’s vision as well; “Keep trying! Keep hoping!”
At 14, Thomas Edison required a tutor to help with his studies; Tom’s mom and dad could not keep up with Tom’s demanding intellect. Along the way, Tom also developed two separate businesses-one being a local newspaper among train commuters with over 300 subscribers! Thomas invented his first device-the Telegraph ‘Repeater’-that automatically sent along messages through Morse code making a manned telegraph station obsolete. At 15 Thomas took a job as a Telegraph Operator during the Civil War. When Edison turned 16, he struck out on his own bouncing around Telegraph Stations in the Midwest and doing experiments on just about anything he could lay his hands on. 3 years later, Thomas returned to his home penniless and found his parents desperate and ill. Thomas reconciled to “make things right” at home and so ‘The Inventor’, Thomas Edison, went to Boston, Massachusetts to work for ‘Western Union’. The world has changed forever because of Mr. Edison. Thomas Edison went on to obtain over 1,000 different patents but the five most remarkable are:
1) The Invention of the Phonograph
2) The practical use of The Light Bulb and the first public use of Electricity and discovering Incandescent Light
3) The Invention of the Kinetoscope-or-the First Motion Picture Camera AND the very First Motion Picture
4) The Invention of the Universal Stock Ticker
5) The Invention of the Nickel-Iron-Alkaline Storage Battery
It should be noted that these selections cannot begin to illuminate the depth and genius of Thomas Edison. It should also be noted that Mr. Edison helped develop, with Alexander Graham Bell, the very first telephone-and in fact, Mr. Edison’s electrical theories made the practical use of the telephone a probability. Michael Israel desires each of us to reflect on Thomas Edison’s life and accomplishments. Thomas Edison used the gift of invention and will to perform, just like Michael, to help people all over the world. Michael’s art stands pleading with all of us to bring forth Mr. Edison’s resolve and perseverance that each one of us has inside. Try until you succeed and use your success to help others succeed!