Need some scholarly help here. I worry that what I want isn’t available in print, and perhaps not at all on the internet.
Remember the old “Garry Moore Show?” In the farming and not-quite-suburban towns where I spent my first 18 years, Garry Moore was a popular guy. Today he might be remembered as the variety show host who pushed to get Carol Burnett on television, and helped her early career. In his own right, he was a television staple — MC for daytime quiz shows, night-time quiz shows, and a couple of variety programs that entertained those of us living in what was then the greater American community, but is today too often mislabeled as “fly-over land.”
In one of his variety programs (probably called “The Garry Moore Show”) he featured a weekly pirouette through history using old photos and old films, “That Wonderful, Wonderful Year.” In that time before home VCRs, historical films were difficult and expensive to come by (some still are). These vignette and skit views into history were often unique. Hey, it was an entertainment show.
(That’s a long set-up.)
One of those history romps featured a film interview with Thomas Edison, in his 80s. I recall it was on the event of Edison’s 86th birthday, but don’t hold me to that — especially since he didn’t live to 86 (1847-1931; this is a demonstration of the faults of memory, especially mine).
The interviewer asked Edison, the inventor and practical applicator of chemistry and physics, what he thought of new science, specifically, Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Edison’s answer was direct, honest and startling — so much so that I wrote it down on a long-lost notepad.
‘I don’t think anything of Einstein’s theory of relativity,’ Edison said, ‘because I don’t understand it.’
Can you help me track down exactly what Edison said about relativity, and where and when?