Air Conditioned

September 11th, 2012

Air Conditioned

Did you know????
The Goldberg Brothers – The Inventors  of the Automobile Air Conditioner.
Here’s a little factoid for  automotive buffs or just to dazzle your friends..

The four Goldberg  brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell, invented and developed the first  automobile air-conditioner.
On July 17, 1946, the temperature in Detroit  was 97 degrees.
The four brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s  office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that four gentlemen were  there with the most exciting innovation in the auto industry since the electric  starter.
Henry was curious and invited them into his office.
They  refused and instead asked that he come out to the parking lot to their car.

They persuaded him to get into the car, which was about 130 degrees,  turned on the air conditioner, and cooled the car off immediately.
The  old man got very excited and invited them back to the office, where he offered  them $3 million for the patent.
The brothers refused, saying they would  settle for $2 million, but they wanted the recognition by having a label, ‘The  Goldberg Air-Conditioner,’ on the dashboard of each car in which it was  installed.
Now old man Ford was more than just a little anti – Semitic,  and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million  Fords.
They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally  agreed on $4 million and that just their first names would be shown.

And  so to this day, all Ford air conditioners show – Lo, Norm, Hi, and Max — on the controls.

I can hear your  groans from here. Control yourself!!! I was sucked in, too!.