WHEN AND HOW THOMAS EDISON
MET HENRY FORD
Thomas Edison was Henry Ford’s personal hero, but he never dreamed the two would end up being close friends.
In 1896, Henry Ford attended the convention of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies in New York. Naturally, Edison himself was also at the event, going around and greeting the guests. Ford and Edison had a brief conversation about the recently invented quadricycle, the first automobile ever designed by Ford. Legend has it that Edison, fascinated by Ford's ingenuity, told him: “You have the thing. Keep at it.”
was known to be a guarded and closed-off man, and after becoming famous it was
even harder for him to connect with people. 12 years after that first
inspirational meeting, Ford introduced the Model T Car and became a famous inventor
in his own right. Edison then felt he could let his guard down, as he was sure
Ford didn’t need anything from him. In fact, later on, it was Ford who funded
many of Edison’s projects. The two became so close over the years, that they
started vacationing together, along with their families. Their deep friendship
lasted until the end of their lives.
Clancy's comment: Two smart men.