Reflections from Teslas Descendent

William H. Terbo

Reprinted from Proceedings of the International Tesla Symposium, 1990

This is the fourth biennial Tesla Symposium. I've had the pleasure of making some opening remarks at each one. My appearance here has a twofold purpose. First, as a descendant of Nikola Tesla, I hope to provide a link between the man we honor and those of us who are here to honor him. Second, as a representative of the Tesla Memorial Society and its Honorary Chairman, I want to reaffirm the cooperation between the International Tesla Society and the Tesla Memorial Society in moving toward our common aims. Simply put, they are honoring and perpetuating the memory and ideals of Nikola Tesla through appropriate cultural and academic activities. The Tesla Symposium is a worthy representation of these aims.

This morning I'd like to touch briefly on three topics. First, to re cap some of the events and accomplishments of the two years since our last symposium which have reflected positively on the name and reputation of Nikola Tesla—plus mention of two or three current projects. Second, I'd like to share some historical detail on the original Tesla/Westinghouse power generating system at Niagara Falls. And lastly, I'd like to provide some personal thoughts about the private character of Nikola Tesla.

Before I begin, let me ask the Executive Secretary of the Tesla Memorial Society, Nicholas Kosanovich, to stand and be recognized. Nick, more than anyone, is responsible for the continued success of the Society. He does yeoman work. I don't know how he does it, I certainly haven't been able to get into harness that way.

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