Stories Behind the Voices – Inventors

Thomas Edison is known as America’s greatest inventor and was responsible for 1,093 patents. His friend, Henry Ford, was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and chief developer of the assembly line for mass production. There is a museum dedicated to these two icons which includes their winter estates in Ft. Myers, Florida.

When touring their properties, I thought about inventors from Oklahoma. This podcast features three who were pioneers in our state. Ed Malzahn of Ditch Witch, Ed Taylor with cable television & CNN, and Dr. Dean VanTrease, who helped create Tulsa Community College. We are proud to have their entire oral histories in our library of stories. 

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