View Full Version : The telephone was NOT invented by Don Ameche--but it was an Italian?????

06-29-2010, 10:23 AM
Many people are aware that there was a conflict between Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray as to who had actually invented the telephone. It’s an interesting story, involving alleged bribery by one of Bell’s lawyers and other skullduggery.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Gray_and_Alexander_Bell_telephone_controversy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elisha_Gray_and_Alexander_Bell_telephone_controversy)

However, I’m sure few people are aware that the U.S. Congress decided in 2002 that neither Bell nor Gray were the father of the telephone. Nope, according to Congress, it was an Italian immigrant, Antonio Meucci (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Meucci). He had, according to Congressional Resolution 267 of the 107th Congress, published details of his “teletrofono” in a NY Italian-language newspaper in 1860, 7 years before Bell’s patent was granted.

Of course, as is many times the case, Congress was wrong. There are many incorrect statements in the Resolution, as pointed out further down in the article but still, as of now and according to the U.S. Congress, Bell was an “also- ran”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Parliamentary_Motion_on_Alexander_Graham_Bell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Parliamentary_Motion_on_Alexander_Graham_Bell)


P.S. For those not as antique as I, Don Ameche played Bell in a 1939 movie,The Story of Alexander Graham Bell .

06-29-2010, 01:16 PM
This gives me the chance to ask a question that I thought of long ago....

Does anyone still call the phone the "Don Ameche"?

I remember my dad using the term once (I recall having to ask what he meant)....but have always guessed that kids, teenagers and "wags" at the time of the film's release in 1939 would be the ones to use the term.