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In Episodes 43 & 44, I had the privilege of interviewing Lois Wolfe (Director) & Board of Trustee members Robert Wheeler, John Blakeman & Don Gfell, who help operate the Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace Museum in Milan, Ohio of the Edison Birthplace Association, Inc., a private, non-profit organization.

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After the death of Thomas A. Edison from complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931, opening his birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum became the private project of his wife, Mina Miller Edison, and their daughter, Mrs. John Eyre Sloane. The Edison Birthplace Museum opened on the centennial of the inventor's birth in 1947.

 

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • the history of the Edison family in this house
  • what brought the Edison family to Milan, Ohio, "the Silicon Valley of the Midwest" during its heyday
  • how Thomas Edison was shaped by the environment of the town and diversity of the people present
  • background on Edison's "formal" and "informal" educations, and the influence of his mother and sister in his development
  • some of the mischief Edison got into as a child
  • how Thomas Edison is the personification of the American Dream, and why learning about his achievements is so needed in America today
  • how Thomas Edison considered the greatest invention to be "the mind of a child" and how he used his "child-like" curiosity to solve problems and connect the dots through invention and improvements
  • how Edison combined an inventive spirit with the sense of the marketplace, and how he learned this lesson
  • his greatest invention should be considered creating the first Research and Development Company to serve mankind.
  • his leadership ability with his team and ability to mastermind with other prominent businessmen/inventors
  • how adults and children alike can promote an environment and mindset of innovation 

Some resources to learn more about Thomas Edison or mentioned in the interview:

To contact the Edison Birthplace Museum, you may do the following:

Thank you for listening.


In Episodes 43 & 44, I had the privilege of interviewing Lois Wolfe (Director) & Board of Trustee members Robert Wheeler, John Blakeman & Don Gfell, who help operate the Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace Museum in Milan, Ohio of the Edison Birthplace Association, Inc., a private, non-profit organization.

Connect with the Outstanding Ohioans show on Facebook, Itunes, or Stitcher

After the death of Thomas A. Edison from complications of diabetes on October 18, 1931, opening his birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum became the private project of his wife, Mina Miller Edison, and their daughter, Mrs. John Eyre Sloane. The Edison Birthplace Museum opened on the centennial of the inventor's birth in 1947.

 

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • the history of the Edison family in this house
  • what brought the Edison family to Milan, Ohio, "the Silicon Valley of the Midwest" during its heyday
  • how Thomas Edison was shaped by the environment of the town and diversity of the people present
  • background on Edison's "formal" and "informal" educations, and the influence of his mother and sister in his development
  • some of the mischief Edison got into as a child
  • how Thomas Edison is the personification of the American Dream, and why learning about his achievements is so needed in America today
  • how Thomas Edison considered the greatest invention to be "the mind of a child" and how he used his "child-like" curiosity to solve problems and connect the dots through invention and improvements
  • how Edison combined an inventive spirit with the sense of the marketplace, and how he learned this lesson
  • his greatest invention should be considered creating the first Research and Development Company to serve mankind.
  • his leadership ability with his team and ability to mastermind with other prominent businessmen/inventors
  • how adults and children alike can promote an environment and mindset of innovation 

Some resources to learn more about Thomas Edison or mentioned in the interview:

To contact the Edison Birthplace Museum, you may do the following:

Thank you for listening.


In Episode 42, I had the privilege of interviewing Marc Biales, Owner of Wild Berry, a world renowned incense manufacturer, in Oxford, Ohio.

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The Wild Berry was established circa 1971 in Oxford, Ohio.  From humble beginnings, we've now spread our peace, love, and incense all over the world.  With over 90 premium quality fragrances we're sure you'll enjoy America's Best Incense (from Wild Berry website)

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • Marc talked about his childhood growing up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
  • how he knew his path would involve being an entrepreneur
  • why he enrolled at Miami University
  • Opening his first "store", working with leather, and eventually learning about incense
  • how Wild Berry grew their business and opening of a large manufacturing facility
  • how important core values are to an organization and allowing employees to work with autonomy to be successful
  • the importance of customer service, finding a niche, and being irreverant
  • the negative impact of regulations
  • Marc's hope for a return of more "independence" in America
  • what does the future hold for Wild Berry

To connect with Wild Berry, go to the website, facebook, email at store@wild-berry.com, or call (800)542-3779

Direct download: Marc_Biales.mp3
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