Norm, Hi and Max

Wow… Is this really true??? If it is, then it’s down right weird!!! 😀

The 3 Goldberg brothers, Norman, Hiram, and Maxwell invented and developed the first automobile air-conditioner.

Didn’t know that, did ya?..

On July 17th, 1946, the temperature in Detroit was 97º. The 3 brothers walked into old man Henry Ford’s office and sweet-talked his secretary into telling him that three 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 130º, 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 three million dollars 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 that it was installed in.

Now old man Ford was more than just a little bit Anti-Semitic, and there was no way he was going to put the Goldberg’s name on two million Ford cars. They haggled back and forth for about two hours and finally agreed on four million dollars and that just their first names would be shown.

And so, even today, all Ford air-conditioners show on the controls, the names “Norm, Hi, and Max”.

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  1. #1 by aigle2207 on October 9, 2007 - 7:51 pm

    Très joli blog, bravo

  2. #2 by Désirée on October 10, 2007 - 8:14 am

    Un petit bonjour depuis la suisse.
    Amitié Désirée

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