The Tangled Web Of Patent #174465

by Russell A. Pizer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/3/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781438984025
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781438984032
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 368
ISBN : 9781438984049

About the Book

The Tangled Web Of Patent #174,465 is the story of fraud, collusion, perjury, corruption, bribery and what would now be called industrial espionage.

It is a story that involves an individual who has been called one of America's inventive geniuses – Alexander Graham Bell. He has been held in the highest regard as the inventor of the telephone. However, careful scrutiny of numerous documents that include thousands of pages of sworn testimony before a Congressional investigations committee, show that Alexander Graham Bell was a party to what might be considered one of the most intriguing historical deceptions.

With all due respect to Alexander Graham Bell, he was not the actual perpetrator of this historic fraud. The culprit in the initial historical subterfuge was Bell's father-in-law: Gardiner Greene Hubbard.

The Tangled Web. . . will show how Alexander Graham Bell has been falsely given high honors in the history books of the United States depriving the true inventor of the telephone his rightful place.

It will be seen that throughout the early years of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell gave different stories about events that surrounded the invention and issuance of a patent of what became – only via legal wranglings – the invention of the telephone. These different stories cast grave doubts about Alexander Graham Bell’s honesty and that of his father-in-law who reaped millions of dollars in profits through what became a telephone monopoly.

This story clearly represents examples of two adages. "Oh what a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to deceive" and "Truth is stranger than fiction."

About the Author

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.