Hotel New Yorker Plaque
Fox Television Tesla Program
PBS Television Special Tesla: Master Of Lightning
Companion Book: TESLA: MASTER OF LIGHTNING
Arkansas University Presents Tesla Lectures
Trip to Belgrade, 2001
Pan American Exposition Centennial
Trip to Belgrade, 2000
Telluride Tech Festival
Nikola Tesla Testimonial Dinner, Midland, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1998
Presentation of Nikola Tesla Materials to the New York Institute of Technology, March 5, 1998
Remarks by William H. Terbo at the Presentation of Nikola Tesla Materials to the New York Institute of Technology
Hotel New Yorker
Fox Television Tesla
Television Special Tesla: Master Of Lightning
Book: TESLA: MASTER OF LIGHTNING
University Presents Tesla Lectures
Trip to Belgrade,
Trip to Belgrade, 2000
The Nikola Tesla Society, Midland Chapter, organized and hosted a dinner and program on Saturday, April 25th. The program included short speeches by three invited guests and the unveiling of a bronze statue of Nikola Tesla.
The program opened with a welcome by Mr. Michael Raich, Chapter President, and opening remarks by program emcee, Mr. David Vuich. In his remarks, Mr. Vuich, now an economics consultant in Washington, identified the contributions of various people who have worked toward the renewal of respect for Nikola Tesla, including Tesla Memorial Society (TMS) Executive Secretary, Nicholas Kosanovich. Mr. Vuich also recalled his early days growing up in Midland.
Mr. William Terbo, TMS Honorary Chairman and grand nephew of Nikola Tesla, briefly recounted instances where appropriate credit was given to Tesla in several recent events. Mr. Terbo also discussed aspects of Tesla's private persona and shared a few anecdotes from family sources.
Mr. Michael Vucelic, President and CEO of Ideal Electric Co. of Mansfield, Ohio, discussed the impact on his professional career caused by his respect for the accomplishments of Nikola Tesla. The types of large electrical equipment manufactured by Ideal are the modern expressions of technology in which Tesla was the most important pioneer.
Dr. Bernard Finn, Curator of the Electrical Collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, spoke of the era of independent inventors of which Tesla was one of the youngest and most important in the last half of the 19th Century. Dr. Finn described the emergence of corporate style "team" invention, which largely eroded the influence of the independents, including Tesla.
The statue of Nikola Tesla was unveiled. The sculptor, Mr. Matt Rebrovic, a lifelong admirer of Tesla, has depicted Tesla seated studying a book. The Serbian National Federation (SNF) accepted the gift of the three-foot statue and will display it in their Pittsburgh headquarters.
The International Tesla Society, Colorado Springs, donated a large number of Tesla mementos for sale for the benefit of the Chapter. Mr. Terbo and the TMS donated TMS produced video tapes of Belgrade, Montenegro and Michael Pup in plus BBC produced "Masters of the Ionosphere" video tapes for the Midland Public Library. Dr. Vujovic, TMS Director, and Mr. Milan Obradovich, TMS member, donated eight different posters suitable for framing for Chapter and SNF facilities.Presentation of Nikola Tesla Materials
to the New York Institute of Technology
March 5, 1998
At 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 1998, a reception was hosted by NYIT at the Wisser Library on the Old Westbury campus to receive a number of pictures, books and other material and memorabilia relating to the electrical genius, Nikola Tesla, in commemoration of a dormitory building on the campus being named in his honor.
The reception was attended by several members of the Croatian New Yorker Club, donors of the majority of the Tesla biographical material, the Tesla Memorial Society, and senior representatives of NYIT, including President, Dr. Matthew Schure.
The reception opened with a welcome by Mr. Michael DeLuise, NYIT Executive Director of College Relations. Remarks by President Schure described how, previously, NYIT dormitories were only numbered and the students, themselves, were given the opportunity to choose dormitory names. Having chosen Nikola Tesla for one unit, there was a great increase in interest throughout the entire University in the details of the life of this remarkable inventor and scientist. In accepting the gift of the Tesla material. President Schure acknowledged this response to a new need.
Mr. William Terbo, Honorary Chairman of the Tesla Memorial Society and grand nephew of Nikola Tesla, briefly recounted some elements of the character and accomplishment of this often overlooked giant of the modern technological age. Mr. John Kraljic of the Croatian New Yorker Club presented a framed portrait of Tesla and several biographies and books concerning Tesla's work. Mr. Terbo presented some additional memorabilia.
Mr. Anton Angelich, member of both the Club and the Society, and the principal organizer of the effort to collect the Tesla materials and to have provided special landscaping for the newly named Tesla Hall, unfortunately was called out of the country on business at the last minute and was unable to attend.
Refreshments were served and informal socializing continued.Remarks by William H. Terbo Honorary Chairman, Tesla Memorial Society
at the Presentation of Nikola Tesla Materials
to the New York Institute of Technology
March 5, 1998
I've come to this seat of learning to speak a few words commemorating Nikola Tesla, son of a Serbian Orthodox priest, born more than 140 years ago in a small village in the rugged Military Frontier County of Lika in the Austro-Hungarian Province of Croatia. But who was this man, while educated in Europe, chose to come to America in 1884 at the age of 28? Speaking at a banquet in Tesla's honor some 80 years ago, a noted scientist characterized him this way:
"Were we to seize and eliminate from our industrial world the results of Mr. Tesla's work, the wheels of industry would cease to turn, our electric cars and trains would stop, our towns would be dark, our mills would be dead and idle." He continued, "so far reaching is his work that it has become the warp and woof of industry. His name marks an epoch in the advance of electrical science. From that work has sprung a revolution."
The light that shown so brightly in his lifetime dimmed with his passing in 1943, as a world, enmeshed in war, rebuilding and accelerating scientific progress, moved on to other interests. But our future is in many ways a reflection of our past. And homage is due those who have made our current life one of comparative ease and comfort.
We have just marked the 100th anniversary of the modern electrical age - an age that can be said to date from the moment that electricity created in one place was transported for efficient use in a far distant place. That event occurred on November 15, 1896, when Alternating Current power generated at Niagara Falls was delivered to Buffalo to power both lights and motors. The entire system was the creation of Nikola Tesla: the induction motor, the massive generators and the high tension delivery system. All were contained in an unprecedented group of Tesla's patents which, with the industrial might (and moxie) of George Westinghouse, ushered in this new age - displacing forever Direct Current as the standard for useful industrial power.
This burst of creative energy was not merely limited to the Tesla system of Alternating Current, it extended to the fundamental elements of practical radio transmission (including tuned circuits), the Tesla Coil, basic advances in Arc Lighting and many other inventions among his 700 patents.
But I don't want you to limit your recognition of Nikola Tesla only as a scientist and inventor. He was much more.
He was a man of art and letters who translated poetry from his homeland for the enjoyment of the people of his new land. He was the type of man who included Mark Twain among his closest friends.
And he was a philosopher who put into action his concept of progress for the betterment of mankind by shunning much of the material accumulation to which he had access for many years.
I take a certain family pride in speaking to you about Nikola Tesla. It is my great luck that one-quarter of my blood comes from the same source as his. My grandmother was his sister, Angelina, and as Tesla never married or had children, I and three of my cousins are all that is left of this direct blood line.
I'm always hopeful that some of his qualities and characteristics reside in me, qualities that I saw so prominently in my father, a famous inventor in his own right. (I hope your professors who teach gear design will be familiar with his name, Nicholas Trbojevich, inventor of the Hypoid gear among his 175 patents.)
The purpose of the Tesla Memorial Society is to honor and perpetuate the memory and ideals of Nikola Tesla.
To refresh our collective memory, the Society has just sponsored the publication of a 25 volume "Collection" of newspaper and periodical material by or about Tesla from 1886 through 1920. The 1,700 items, totaling nearly 5,000 pages, remind us of the "superstar" status Tesla enjoyed at that time, when his every new development had an immediate and tangible impact on the efficiency of industry and the relief of the worker.
It is also appropriate to remind us all that when we view the Sojourner Mars rover vehicle on television, that it was Nikola Tesla who invented radio controlled remote robots -and demonstrated a working model in May of 1898 in New York's old Madison Square Garden!
It is equally important to note that a considerable amount of Tesla's technology is still current, such as bladeless turbine development. His micropump (with no moving parts) now finds a new application in the medical art.
For the Society's aim in perpetuating Tesla's ideals, we try to encourage academic institutions to reacquaint themselves with the man to whom so much is owed. And to stimulate students to see this man in the present day's light - a man able not only to discover new concepts - but also able, as an Engineer, to bring these concepts into being.
This location, the New York Institute of Technology and the Wisser Library, is a fitting place to acknowledge his memory because Tesla always considered himself a student - always ready to learn. It would be his most useful gift if his life could become an exemplar for today's students to strive to be important contributors to tomorrow's society.
Thank you very much.
William H. Terbo
The Tesla Memorial Society, Inc., founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1980, is the oldest U.S. based international organization in continuous operation honoring and perpetuating the memory and ideals of the great electrical scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla. The Society is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, all volunteer tax-exempt corporation operating under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.