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Westinghouse (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, History | Video 8 April 2008
Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Telsa and conflict with Thomas ... See full summary »

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Mark Bussler

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David Cope David Cope ... Himself - Historian
Joseph G. Deley Joseph G. Deley ... Himself - Westinghouse Manufacturing Director
Thomas A. Edison ... Himself (archive footage)
Carol Lee Espy Carol Lee Espy ... Narrator
Betty Furness ... Herself (archive footage)
Edward J. Reis Edward J. Reis ... Himself
Quentin R. Skrabec Jr. Quentin R. Skrabec Jr. ... Himself - Biographer, George Westinghouse (as Quentin R. Skrabec PhD)
Jim Sutherland Jim Sutherland ... Himself - Retired Westinghouse Engineer
William Terbo William Terbo ... Himself - Grand-nephew of Nikola Tesla (as William H. Terbo)
George Westinghouse George Westinghouse ... Himself (archive footage)
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Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Telsa and conflict with Thomas Edison. George Westinghouse is considered America's greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison, and win. His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man who Andrew Carnegie called "A genius who can't be downed." Westinghouse may be most famous for the massive companies that he created, but the man called "Uncle George" was a reserved, creative giant who went out of his way to treat his workforce with dignity and respect. He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons, an optimist in the days of ... Written by Inecom Entertainment Company

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I didn't know the man, but after watching this documentary I would have been honored to have met the man, let alone work alongside of this geat inventor and industrialist
1 November 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

As much as I enjoy documentaries, I enjoy them even more when the film is released after the person is deceased so that there is little or no threat of consequences for telling the person's life story as it really happened.

What one will learn about George Westinghouse is that he was a very hard working inventor and industrialist as were also some of his competitors such as Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, or Henry Ford. But what sets George Westinghouse apart from other famous inventors and manufacturers and the reason I am genuinely interested in watching documentaries such as this fine addition is once every so often we get a true insight into who these famous people were and what the people who worked alongside them really felt about the person(s). We discover that George Westinghouse was extremely fair with all of his employees even to the point of ensuring his workers homes were insured in case the employee(s) were to be injured, they would not lose their homes. It may not seem like a big deal, but throughou all of his career as the owner of Westinghouse he never had to incur a labor strike because he always took care of his workers, even giving them a half day off on Saturdays which was unheard of for the time.

Another interesting comparison between the more famous Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse was that it was quite well known that Thomas Edison if he were involved in a new invention, it would be only his name attached to the licensed patent(s) whereas George Westinghouse always allowed his employees name be noted on the Wetinghouse patents giving his employees credit for their inventions, unlike Thomas Edison who always wanted to take credit for financing other peoples inventions by taking the patents under his own name.

In the 1938, at the New York Worlds fair resides the Westinghouse time capsule which contains items such as a telephone, a slide rule, seeds, micro film containers and a bible, to endure for 5,000 years before it is opened. Although some items may long be forgotten and not in use anymore, the name "Westinghouse" will never be forgotten, nor will the man himself George Westinghouse. His workers thought so much of him that after his death, although he did not die rich, he was rich in the love his workers had for him, and a group of them paid for out of their own pockets a monument to honor their boss.

It is worth watching this documentary so when you next see the name Westinghouse on any product still in use today, although the name is still in use, the company no longer exists, but the "brand" Westinghouse is to this day still powerful enough to maintain product quality and endurance. We can thank George Westinghouse and his employees for so much that we take for granted today, and the countless lives he saved and extended with the products he designed and delivered for everyday people, George Westinghouse is one man I would love to have been able to spend an evening with picking his brain.


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