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Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation's

Centennial Celebration Program of Speakers

CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY, NOVEMBER 15,1996

8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Opening reception

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Bridging the Past to the Future

 

William E. Davis

 

Chairman and CEO

 

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation

 

Thomas A. Christopher

 

Power Generation Business Unit

 

Westinghouse Electric Corporation

 

Ronald R. Pressman

 

GE Power Systems

 

General Electric Company

10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

What is the Future of Electrical Energy in New York State?

 

Panel Participants:

 

Albert J. Budney Jr.

 

President

 

Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation

 

CD. "Rapp" Rappleyea

 

Chairman and CEO

 

New York Power Authority

 

Louis R. Tomson

 

Deputy Secretary to Governor George Pataki

 

The Honorable Paul Tonko

 

Chairman

 

New York State Assembly Energy Committee

11:30 a.m. to I p.m.

Luncheon

 

Welcoming Remarks:

 

Charles P. Steiner

 

President and CEO

 

Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

 

and

 

The Honorable James C. Galie

 

Mayor

 

The City of Niagara Falls

 

Keynote Speaker:

 

William E. Davis

 

"Electricity: Appreciating the Past, Anticipating the Future"

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

School Awards Presentation and Ceremonial Reenactment

Attendees are invited to lake a few minutes during the conference to look at exhibits put together by high schools from around Western New York. The exhibits highlight art, history and technology related to the 100-year anniversary event.

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SECTION II

Principles of Wireless Power Transmission

In 1900, world's largest Tesla coil, 25 feet in diameter, with a 12-million volt discharge

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6 Effects of Testa's Life & Inventions

Andrija Puharich, MO, LLO circa 1985

SECTION ONE

From Birth to Arrival in the U.S.

Nikola Tcsla was bom under the Austro-Hungarian empire in the village of Smiljan in the region of Lika, in the mountains of present-day northwestern Yugoslavia. The simple little village looks very much today as it did some one hundred and twenty years ago. His father, Milutin, a priest of the Orthodox Serbian Church, and his mother, Djuka, received the newborn Nikola into this world at midnight between 9 July and 10 July 1856. Although young Nikola's life was idyllic up to the age of seven, he later wrote that during this early formative period, he was weak and vacillating, "a slender reed moved around by every emotional breeze." He lived in the great spaces of the mountains and benefited from his background in the "literary" world so that he was able to read and write at a very early age. I put the word literary in quotes because his mother had not been taught to read and write, which was the common lot of women in that day and age.

This phase of his life was abruptly ended by the death, due to injuries suffered by a fall from a horse, of his elder brother, Dane, age 14. So great was the shock to all in the family that Nikola's father could not bear the familiar surroundings of Smiljan and decided to leave the scene of the tragedy. The family moved to a nearby town, Gospic, which was noted as a market center of some 3000 people.

The shock of his only brother's death, and the departure from the cozy familiarity of nature had a profound effect on the seven-year-old Nikola. He suddenly became a recluse and began to live in his father's library, and in the local library, devouring every book that he could read and uderstand. It was during this unusual and early encounter with books that Tesla first became aware that he possessed unusual mental powers. Much later, he gives us a glimpse of thesepowers:

"In my boyhood, I suffered from a peculiar affliction due to the appearance of images, often uccompanied by strong flashes of light, which marred the sight of real objects, and interfered with my thought end action. They were pictures of things and scenes which I had really seen, never of those I imagined. When a word was spoken tome, the image of the object it designated would present itself vividly to my vision, and sometimes I was quite unable to distinguish whether what I saw was tangible or not. This caused me great discomfort and anxiety. None of the students of psychology or physiology whom I have consulted could ever explain satisfactorily these phenomena. They seem to have been unique, although I was probably predisposed, as I know that my brother experienced a similar trouble.

"The theory I have formulated is that the images were the result of reflex action from the brain on the retina under great excitation. They certainly were not hallucinations such as are produced in diseased and anguished minds, for in other respects I was normal and composed. To give an idea of my distress, suppose that I had witnessed a funeral or some such nerveracking spectacle. Then, inevitably, in the stillness of night, a vivid picture of the scene would thrust itself before my eyes and persist despite all my effort, to banish it. Sometimes it would even remain fixed in space though I pushed my hand through it.

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