Thomas Edison had a long run, but his glory days are over.
I recall being in awe as a young kid reading about his creative genius and his multitude of patents — more than 1,000. When considering his foremost invention — a practical electric light bulb, I wondered how it must feel to have reached the pinnacle of an idea that would continue on “forever.” I didn’t have a clue as to the continuous process of improvements that manufacturers make. And so, 100-plus years later, Edison’s incandescent light is about to be put to final rest.
Last year, the manufacture of 100-watt light bulbs ended, this year it is the 75-watt bulb, and by 2014, production of the 60- and 40-watt bulbs will cease.
Not that we will return to the Dark Ages, but some people are frustrated by the new options.
See Wednesday's paper for the full story.