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By Sandra Meucci
Will they change our history books? I hope so!
Because Sandra Meucci, in her book, Antonio and the Electric Scream: The Man Who Invented the Telephone, provides not only the documentation but the biography of the man who was recently recognized as the true inventor of the telephone!
Sandra Meucci had never really given credence to the story from her grandfather, Giuseppe Meucci, when he claimed that Antonio Meucci first invented the telephone and used it in his New York City home in 1850. Because, of course, she had been taught differently! But then later in life, she was asked whether she was related to the telephone inventor...and the thought of this book began!
I'm not going to cover any of the information regarding Alexander Graham Bell that is included; that is for somebody else to write. Sandra has taken the opportunity to research official records of her distant relative and has written a delightful biographical piece about an inventor, like many others perhaps, who do not get the proper credit or are lost in the many historical records that are locked deep in cabinets across the world. Kudos to Ms. Meucci for her efforts!
In June, 2001, Congressman Vito Fossella introduced a resolution, which was passed in September by the U. S. Congress, recognizing Antonio Meucci for his contribution as the telephone inventor. [107th Congress 1st Session H. Res. 269...Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the life and achievements of Antonio Meucci should be recognized, and his work in the invention of the telephone should be acknowledged. September 25, 2001 (10:41 AM)]
Meucci begins her story about Antonio in the year he was born, 1808, when he was baptized in Florentine. His parents, Amatis and Domenica were poor and occupied just two rooms in a large house. As time moves as it does, soon there were nine children, but by the time Antonio was in his second year of elementary school, his family realized that they should try to accelerate his education. But it was not until six years later that he was tested and admitted. The Accademic was a college; he was accepted at the age of 13, to be its youngest student
But the use of his intelligence was not always productive--in fact, he was jailed when somehow fireworks that were somehow incorrectly set off and resulted in injuries! A cute story for young Antonio and his friends! Antonio was always able to figure out how to do "something" to solve a problem and the list of inventions, some of them, which were patented, is extensive.
Antonio was soon asked to travel to Cuba to help build a new opera house. Married by that time, his wife worked with costuming for the singers . When opera was no longer a priority for Cuban residents, another move was made to New York. It was in New York that Antonio perfected his Telettrofono and actually connected his studio to his wife's bedroom, since she had become ill enough to be bedridden for long periods of time.
This book is written in storybook form and is very interesting to read. Meucci explains the story behind Meucci's new inventions and then includes what he did to solve the problems. There are also graphical historical timelines, a glossary and a extensive bibliography.
History Buffs--Must Reading! Read the truth that may never result in a change to our history books; but it should! Highly Recommended!
Book Provided Free By
G. A. Bixler