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Untold story of Edison

Untold story of Edison

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By MARK S. KRZOS
MKRZOS@NEWS-PRESS.COM
Published by news-press.com on March 5, 2005

In Southwest Florida, where Thomas Edison made his winter home — and where we recently celebrated his life with a month of parties and parades — few of us ever hear about the other side of the famous inventor.

“He was a thief — a pirate,” alleges Walt Zaczeck, a historian in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Zaczeck believes that Edison took credit for many inventions his lab workers found first. “He hired people to work for him and he would use their ideas and then get patents for them,” Zaczeck said. “And that’s why he’s considered a great inventor?”

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