Kamis, 17 Februari 2011

Be Enlightened...The "Brockton Operation"


"Thomas Edison Tested Over 3000 Filaments Before He Came Up With His Version of a Practical Light Bulb. As Shocking As It May Seem, This Was Not His Greatest Invention."

"The miracle of the millennium was providing light and power to the masses. The first to envision, design and construct a successful model for achieving this extremely challenging goal was Thomas Alva Edison"

FROM COAL TO KILOWATTS



"There is no question that Edison deserves the lion's share of credit for lighting up the world. However, this amazing accomplishment was far less related to his particular discovery of an incandescent bulb than to his creation of the first genuinely safe and economically viable system for generating and distributing light and power - worldwide."

"THE VAST MAJORITY OF MODERN HISTORIANS STILL PRIMARILY ASSOCIATE THOMAS EDISON WITH THE INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB - WHICH HE DIDN'T INVENT - AND A SENSATIONAL HANDFUL OF THE 1093 THINGS HE ACTUALLY DID INVENT.

MEANWHILE, THEY VIRTUALLY IGNORE THE EVEN GREATER SIGNIFICANCE OF WHAT HE CALLED HIS "FIRST MODEL OF A COMPLETE CENTRAL POWER STATION," - WHICH WAS BUILT IN BROCKTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

THE ELUSIVE SCIENCE ULTIMATELY MANIFESTED IN THIS REVOLUTIONARY TECHNO/CULTURAL SYSTEM OF INVENTIONS EVENTUALLY CONJOINED OUT OF SEVERAL SMALL FACTORIES EDISON ORGANIZED INTO THE WORLD'S FIRST RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMPLEX.

FOUR YEARS EARLIER, HOWEVER, HIS FIRST PUBLIC INCANDESCENT LIGHTING DEMONSTRATION HAD BEEN EMBODIED IN A REMARKABLE LITTLE STREET LIGHTING EFFORT HE INTRODUCED IN MENLO PARK, NEW JERSEY. OBVIOUSLY, THAT PRIMITIVE SYSTEM WAS SOON OUTDATED AND ITS TECHNOLOGY WAS MUCH IMPROVED UPON AND DEMONSTRATED ELSEWHERE.





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THE "BROCKTON OPERATION," WAS CONCEIVED IN 1882, SHORTLY BEFORE EDISON BEGAN DEMONSTRATING HIS TWO-WIRE INCANDESCENT ILLUMINATION FACILITY IN A ONE BLOCK SECTION OF NEW YORK CITY.

FEATURING VAST IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE LATTER STATION - AND ALL OTHERS IN THE WORLD - THE BROCKTON PLANT ULTIMATELY INTRODUCED A DRAMATICALLY CREATIVE STANDARDIZED GRID AND RADICALLY STREAMLINED EQUAL-DIAMETER ADJUSTMENT PROBES, OR FEEDERS. AND, UNLIKE THE MANHATTAN SYSTEM - WHICH OPERATED OUT OF A DILAPIDATED PEARL ST. WAREHOUSE - EDISON SITED THIS SLEEK NEW THREE-WIRE PROTOTYPE AT THE VERY HEART OF THIS NEWLY INCORPORATED AND ONCE HIGHLY PROGRESSIVE LITTLE CITY.

COLLECTIVELY, THE "BROCKTON BREAKTHROUGH" FINALLY PROVED THAT THE EDISON SYSTEM WAS CAPABLE OF PROVIDING THE GENERAL PUBLIC WITH - COMMUNITY WIDE - SAFE, STABLE, AND EFFICIENT LIGHT AND POWER." AND NOT SURPRISINGLY, THESE UNIVERSAL ADVANTAGES WERE PROMPTLY MIMICKED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE AND SOUTH AMERICA. AND WITHIN A RELATIVELY SHORT TIME, MULTI-THOUSANDS OF VILLAGES AND BURGEONING SMALL CITIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD WERE BEING DRAMATICALLY "MODERNIZED" FOREVER.

UNFORTUNATELY, BROCKTON'S UNIQUE ROLE IN SHOWCASING THE WORLD'S FIRST STANDARDIZED UNDERGROUND THREE-WIRE ELECTRICAL GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM HAS NEVER BEEN WIDELY APPRECIATED. THE PRIMARY REASON FOR THIS "OVERSIGHT" IS THAT EDISON AND HIS ANXIOUS PROMOTERS DECIDED THAT THE LONG RANGE ECONOMIC BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH ROLLING OUT AND POPULARIZING CENTRALIZED PUBLIC ELECTRICITY IN THE "BIG APPLE" WERE PARAMOUNT. ACCORDINGLY, THEIR LESS THAN COMPLETELY HONEST OBSESSION WITH PROMOTING THE IMPERFECT TWO-WIRE NEW YORK LIGHTING FACILITY GREATLY INFLUENCED THE WAY CENTRAL POWER PLANT HISTORY WAS INTERPRETED BY THE MEDIA AND OTHERS.

THIS INCONGRUITY WAS NOT THE ONLY REMARKABLE ASPECT OF EDISON'S ERRATIC (POSSIBLY PSYCHOTIC) BEHAVIOR DURING THIS MOST CHALLENGING PERIOD IN HIS HECTIC LIFE. AS HE WAS DESPERATELY TRYING TO FULFILL SOME OF THE OUTLANDISH CLAIMS HE AND HIS NEW YORK COHORTS WERE MAKING ABOUT HIS "IMPERFECT" AND ALREADY OUTDATED TWO WIRE MANHATTAN OPERATION, HE PRETTY MUCH IGNORED THE BASIC SOCIAL NEEDS OF HIS MORTALLY ILL WIFE AND FAMILY....

IN ANY CASE, EVEN THOUGH HE AND HIS SON CHARLES EVENTUALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THAT BROCKTON'S MODEST - BUT HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED LITTLE FACILITY - WAS THE FIRST TO UNVEIL THE "COMPLETE EDISON SYSTEM," ITS GENUINELY AWESOME ROLE IN THE ANNALS OF TECHNOLOGICAL HISTORY HAS BEEN LARGELY FORGOTTEN.

ITS WELL PAST TIME TO FINALLY GIVE CREDIT TO THE HUGE CULMINATING ROLE THIS NOBLE PROTOTYPE PLAYED DURING THE EXTREMELY INTENSE RACE TO DEVELOP,IN CHARLES' OWN WORDS, "THE FIRST PERFECT ANDTRULYCOMPLETE CENTRALIZED POWER PLANT."

SIMILAR RECOGNITION SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO THE FACT THAT ITS LONG IGNORED, MISUNDERSTOOD, SAGACIOUS DESIGN AND COLLECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION ARGUABLY REPRESENT THOMAS EDISON'S CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT....

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