The Greatest Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer
10/18/2012 by Margaret Bogue
Greetings from the Teague Public Library.
Book of the Month ? The Greatest Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer.
The book has many interesting short stories. This report will cover three of them.
We owe a great big ?thank you? to Walter Hunt, a genius inventor. One afternoon in 1849, he began playing with a piece of wire. In less than four hours he twisted it into a pin with a spring at one end and a clasp on the other end. Mr. Hunt had invented the safety pin, which has had effect on all our lives.
Some will remember the days when babies wore cloth diapers. What on earth would we have done without the safety pin?
I attended a very ?up-scale? wedding several years ago in another town. When we entered the church foyer, the best man was frantically going up and down the hall asking, ?Does anyone have a ? (you guessed it) safety pin? Apparently some calamity at the last minute could only be fixed by a safety pin.
Walter Hunt was a genius who invented several things, including the sewing machine, but he did not patent them and receive the award. Pushed for cash, he sold the patent rights to the safety pin for 100 dollars.
The U.S. was in the grips of a financial panic in 1837. Alexander Norris, a businessman, had two daughters. One was married to a candle maker, and the other to a soap maker. Both these businesses depended on animal fats to make their products. Norris urged them to go into business together, rather than compete for the same raw materials. Reluctantly, they agreed. Each man put up 3,596 to start their new business.
This small start has developed today into a worldwide business, which produces over 250 brand-name products. It has annual sales of over 40 billion dollars, and has 100,000 employees around the world.
This small business began because of Alexander Norris? suggestion to his sons-in-law, Proctor and Gamble.
The 20th president of the United States, James A. Garfield, set out for his college reunion in July 1881. As he walked through the Washington railroad station, he was gunned down by Charles Guiteau, a mentally deranged lawyer. The motive of the shooter was his anger over Garfield?s not appointing him to a diplomatic post.
Sixteen different doctors spent the next 80 days trying to remove the bullet. Dr. Willard Bliss stuck a probe into the wound creating a path, which other doctors mistakenly used. One doctor inserted his unwashed finger into the hole resulting in infection.
Another doctor poked his hand wrist deep and punctured the liver. What the 16 doctors did in 80 days was turn a three-inch hole in to a 20 inch infected wound.
The president lingered in great pain, finally dying on September 14th, an autopsy revealed that the bullet was lodged in a place that was not life threatening.
At his trial, Guiteau testified that he did not kill the president, but the incompetence of doctors killed him. This seems to be true. However, Guiteau was convicted and hanged.
The Greatest Stories Never Told is available at the library.
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