Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Profile America: Lotus 1-2-3

Friday, January 26th. On this date 35 years ago, the infant personal computer was empowered to become something much greater than a glorified word processor with the release of the spreadsheet program Lotus 1-2-3. The popular program drew acclaim as […]

by · January 26, 2018 · Profile America, Technology
The first transcontinental phone call occurred on January 25, 1915.

Profile America: First Transcontinental Phone Call

Thursday, January 25th. On this date in 1915, east and west were linked by voice in the first transcontinental phone call. This event was a conference call involving Alexander Graham Bell in New York, his assistant Thomas Watson in San […]

by · January 25, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
Americans got their first glimpse of an x-ray machine on this date in 1896 in an exhibit in New York City.

Profile America: X-Ray Machine

Thursday, January 18th. The X-ray machine, the first medical imaging device, was invented in Europe in the late 19th century. Americans got their first glimpse of this medical marvel on this date in 1896 in an exhibit in New York […]

by · January 18, 2018 · History, Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Electronic Advance

Profile America: Electronic Advance

One of the most important inventions of modern times dates back 70 years this month. In 1947, three Bell Laboratory scientists successfully tested what would become the junction transistor, vital to our information age. The three shared the Nobel Prize […]

by · December 31, 2017 · History, Profile America, Technology
Remote Control Viewing

Remote Control Viewing

The reliable TV remote control, a crucial labor saving device for couch potatoes, was unveiled this month 60 years ago. Robert Adler of the Zenith Corporation received a patent for a mechanical unit that used a striker and four small […]

Senator Charles Schumer opposes JCPOA

Schumer: It’s Time To Deploy Explosive Detection Technology In NYC

Schumer Says Feds Must Test Bomb Detection Technology In NYC and Speed-Up Adoption Of Machines To Place In Some Of NYC’s Busiest Transit Hubs: Subways, Penn Station and Airports On the heels of last week’s attempted subway terror attack, where […]

by · December 18, 2017 · News, Technology, Terrorism, Transportation
World's First Cellphone Call - April 3 1973 by Martin Cooper. (YouTube)

Birth of the Cell Phone

Friday, October 13 — With the national median age being 37.9 years, only half of the country’s population experienced life in what might strike young people as a bleak, dark and difficult age. Practically unimaginable today, there was a time […]

by · October 13, 2017 · Profile America, Technology, Trends
George Eastman. Credit: Kodak

Profile America: A Kodak Moment

Tuesday, September 26 — Simple amateur photography, even selfies, should the idea have occurred, became a possibility for the American public this month in 1888. That’s when George Eastman patented the first camera to use dry, flexible, roll film. Eastman’s […]

by · September 26, 2017 · History, Profile America, Technology
The first Solar-powered  car was developed by the General Motors Corporation.

Profile America: First Solar-Powered Car

Thursday, August 31 — The 1950s may be recalled for many now-quaint things, but it was also a decade with antecedents for our current technological pursuits. On this date in 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corporation demonstrated the […]

by · August 31, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
USS Seawolf SSN-21 | (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Greg Kuntz/Released)

Profile America: Nuclear Power

Tuesday, July 18 — This week 62 years ago in West Milton, New York, an example of turning swords into plowshares was generated. That was when the Atomic Energy Commission sold electric power from a General Electric nuclear reactor. The buyer […]

by · July 18, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
Amazon: The Birth of Online Shopping

Amazon: The Birth of Online Shopping

Sunday, July 16 — On this date in 1995, a small start-up company launched its business of selling books online out of a two-car garage in Bellevue, Washington. The first item purchased was a book titled “Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: […]

by · July 16, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
Profile America: The Transistor Breakthrough

Profile America: The Transistor Breakthrough

Thursday, July 13 — One of the most important inventions of our time was announced in early July 1948 in a press release by Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. It was the transfer resistance device — far better known as […]

by · July 13, 2017 · Profile America, Technology
Profile America: Telstar

Profile America: Telstar

Tuesday, July 11 — The distant reaches of planet Earth came into electronic proximity for the average American on this date in 1962. The occasion was the successful relay of a transatlantic TV signal by Telstar, the first privately owned […]

Incandescent light bulb

San Francisco Electric Company

Thursday, June 29 — The first electric power company in America, and perhaps the world, was formed this week in 1879 in San Francisco. This was nearly four months before Thomas Edison successfully tested his practical incandescent light bulb. The power […]

Profile America: Setting the Bar Code

Profile America: Setting the Bar Code

Monday, June 26 —  Whoever bought a pack of chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, on this date 43 years ago was making history. It was the first purchase of an item to be scanned into a cash […]

by · June 26, 2017 · Profile America, Technology