NIKOLA TESLA, YOU’RE
A MAN OUT OF TIME (DVD)
This high-energy DVD presents Nikola
Tesla in a new and effective way. Crafted by brothers Paul and
Stephen Kingsley Hone, media professionals in Los Angeles, it
addresses an audience often overlooked by admirers of Nikola Tesla.
The Hone brothers have been fascinated by the work and personality of
Tesla for more than 15 years. They recognized that many or most of
their friends and colleagues were aware of Tesla to varying degrees.
What was troubling was the almost universal lack of knowledge by
teenagers as to the specific connection between Tesla and those
aspects of their lives they use every day. They didn’t see the
hand of Nikola Tesla in everyday items such as TV and MTV, their
computers and the internet, radio and their tape decks, and more.
The result is a 6-minute DVD Nikola
Tesla, You’re A Man Out Of Time presented in the manner
most familiar to and receptive by this particular audience without
patronizing the more adult audience. The DVD simply tries to make
the Tesla connection in the most entertaining way. Naturally,
Tesla’s fundamental contributions to the worldwide systems of
alternating current electricity and radio are prominently identified.
But the DVD also tells a bit of his personality: his wish to share
his inventions and the obstacles he faced. It concludes with “you
gave us today!” The effect on the viewer is interest, energy and,
perhaps, the motivation to discover more about Tesla, his life and
Paul and Stephen Hone have graciously
given the copyright ownership of this work to the Tesla Memorial
Society, Inc. It is the objective of the Society to make the DVD
available to the public in the widest way possible. Of course, the copyright details (which are mentioned in the
opening and end credits of the DVD) must be retained whenever the DVD
is played or retransmitted on any broadcast medium whether over the
internet, TV or radio.
The composition of the DVD is a quickly
shifting series of images with the high-energy song carrying the
theme. The lyrics of the song are in relatively simple English. All
of the lyrics are shown either as subtitles or in images on the
screen. The universality of English should not make it necessary to
add subtitles in a foreign language. However, it is permissible to
add subtitles in a foreign language for use in other countries where
it is determined that English would not convey the full intended
impact of the song.
H. Terbo, Executive
Secretary, September 2005