In 1992, Russell Pizer was invited to present a paper for review and possible acceptance for presentation at the International Symposium on Telecommunications History that was to be held in Dallas, Texas, June, 1993. Mr. Pizer’s paper, "The Genesis of Telephone Switchboards" was accepted for presentation.
While doing more research into the history of telephone switchboards, Mr. Pizer found some curious inaccuracies in the history of telephony. They were only minor inaccuracies but they were, in fact, errors.
About the same time, Mr. Pizer acquire three books that pointed him toward more research. They were, Tainted Truth – The Manipulation of Fact in America by Cynthia Crossen; Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History by Richard Shenkman and Past Imperfect – History According to the Movies.
During the 1994 Symposium, Mr. Pizer became acquainted with Dr. Rosario Tosiello. Dr. Tosiello’s doctoral dissertation is titled: The Birth and Early Years of the Bell Telephone System, 1876-1889.
Mr. Pizer’s third topic – given in 1995 – was titled: "Some Tainted Truths in Telephone History."
In 1997, Mr. Pizer became the President of The Association for Research in Telephone History.
Mr. Pizer’s older brother (William Pizer Sr.) referred him to an article in an issue of the Order Sons of Italy in American Newsletter. That article mentioned the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum on Staten Island and Antonio Meucci as the inventor the telephone.
Mr. Pizer paid several visits to the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum which led to thousands of pages of information about Antonio Meucci.
In early 1996, the credibility of the claims of Meucci was boosted by a demonstration of a reproduction of one of Meucci’s telephones.
With this backdrop, Mr. Pizer prepared for the fourth Symposium which was held in Denver in 1996. That presentation was titled: The Tangled Web of Patent #174465.