Garrett Morgan, Black KYian Inventor...

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Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#1 Dec 3, 2010
invented the stop light; you know, the red, yellow, green thing that hangs in the middle of the street, that regulates traffic. Yeah. That thing. This black man has done more than all of the KKK white racists put together.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#2 Dec 3, 2010
Inventors are better than bigots. Very true.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#4 Dec 3, 2010
Inventors are still better than bigots. The only thing a bigot does is say, "Who cares if a black man accomplishes something because other white people, who are not myself, have invented other stuff in other technological fields?" instead of actually inventing something.

Hey, bigot, go do something useful and invent something. And stop being a racist. You're a worthless hate monger. We don't need hate mongers. But we need new inventions. Just the Internet, which was invented by a black man. Is that true? I don't know. But it doesn't matter. Whoever made the Internet, white, brown or black, THANK YOU. And the person who made the stop light, and helped to regulate traffic at intersections, THANK YOU too.

Jesus Christ...
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#6 Dec 3, 2010
lol wrote:
<quoted text>Nice nonsequitur, dipshit. Can't you come up with anything better to say? You sound like a broken record with your racist hyperbole nonsense. Take it down a notch, troll boy, you're trying WAY too hard.
OMG! Dude, I totally slammed you!

I will repeat:

Inventors are better than white racist Hitler-lovin neo-Nazi Aryan nation wannabe bigot boys. We don't need no bigot boys no mo... it's 2010, time to grow up white America. Time to grow up.
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#7 Dec 3, 2010
lol wrote:
<quoted text>Nice nonsequitur, dipshit. Can't you come up with anything better to say? You sound like a broken record with your racist hyperbole nonsense. Take it down a notch, troll boy, you're trying WAY too hard.
White Supremacists Hate Me! LOL
Johnny Masters

Louisville, KY

#9 Dec 3, 2010
shame on you wrote:
<quoted text>nope, everyone hates you! Racist troll!
white supremacists should write their names in as "shame on you" because i am ashamed of having white racist boys being compared to me. i am not racist, and i don't condone any of these horribly racists that have been trolling on topix for months now until i finally had the courage to stand up to their evil monstrosities... they are building an internet web of hate. they are evil, and i stood up to them, and now they are trying to take me down... but I will fight! I will not allow the worst kinds of white people define who I am... I will fight racist white people whenever I see them. I will fight them online or in the streets. These people are an embarrassment to humanity, and for white folks to accept them as their own, that's an embarrassment too.
ScareCROW

Lexington, KY

#11 Jan 12, 2013
Why did they delete all of our hatred ? This aint the AmeriKKKa I believe in no more.
Hillbilly Ninja

Georgetown, KY

#12 Jan 12, 2013
Johnny Masters wrote:
invented the stop light; you know, the red, yellow, green thing that hangs in the middle of the street, that regulates traffic. Yeah. That thing. This black man has done more than all of the KKK white racists put together.
HE DIDN'T INVENT IT! J.P. Knight DID!

The first known traffic signal appeared in London in 1868 near the Houses of Parliament. Designed by JP Knight, it featured two semaphore arms and two gas lamps. The earliest electric traffic lights include Lester Wire's two-color version set up in Salt Lake City circa 1912, James Hoge's system (US patent #1,251,666) installed in Cleveland by the American Traffic Signal Company in 1914, and William Potts' 4-way red-yellow-green lights introduced in Detroit beginning in 1920. New York City traffic towers began flashing three-color signals also in 1920.

Garrett Morgan's cross-shaped, crank-operated semaphore was not among the first half-hundred patented traffic signals, nor was it "automatic" as is sometimes claimed, nor did it play any part in the evolution of the modern traffic light.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#13 Jan 12, 2013
Wow... I wonder if any of that is true. Anyways. Garrett Morgan invented the stop light AND he invented the gas mask. He was able to use his gas mask in a heroic rescue in 1917 at Lake Erie where he saved a bunch of mine workers from toxic fumes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Morgan

ALSO, the radio was invented in Kentucky, by Nathan Stubblefield.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#14 Jan 12, 2013
Garrett Morgan, born in Paris Kentucky, had to use a white actor to take credit for his inventions, to get any credit at all.
Hillbilly Ninja

Georgetown, KY

#15 Jan 12, 2013
Look at the second and third paragraphs under traffic signal on that wiki page:

There is no evidence to support the claim that Morgan's traffic signal was ever put into service.[8][not in citation given] Despite claims on various websites[9][10][11][12][13] as well as in print[14][15] that Morgan's invention was used "throughout North America", the absence of his signal in 1920s photographs[citation needed] and news articles[citation needed] suggests[citation needed] that it was not installed in large numbers, if at all.[citation needed] Notably, it did not merit[citation needed] a single mention in the book-length historical study by Gordon M. Sessions,[16] which covers a wide variety of devices in tracing the development of traffic-control devices throughout history.
Many of these sources also claim that the patent rights for Morgan's designs were sold at about that time to General Electric (GE) for $40,000. However, no record of this transaction appears[citation needed] either in the U.S. patent assignment records at the National Archives, the GE historical business records at the Schenectady Museum in New York, or in Morgan's own legal and business papers at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland. Advertisements and photos from the 1920s indicate that GE's early traffic signal products were of the more modern electric variety, not manually operated semaphores.[citation needed] Several GE patent acquisitions from the early-to-mid 1920s[17][18][19][20] show that the company was investing heavily in solid-state electronic circuitry and automated traffic signaling devices during that time. By the end of 1926, GE had begun experimenting with traffic-controlled systems[21](as opposed to timer-controlled devices); it is highly implausible[citation needed] that GE would consider investing $40,000 (over $500,000 USD inflation-adjusted to 2011) in a manual, crank-driven signaling device during an era when the company was researching, developing and producing solid-state analog circuitry and actively implementing these technologies into their signals.[citation needed]

So no evidence it was used or he ever got paid for the design.
Hillbilly Ninja

Georgetown, KY

#16 Jan 12, 2013
John Masters wrote:
Wow... I wonder if any of that is true. Anyways. Garrett Morgan invented the stop light AND he invented the gas mask. He was able to use his gas mask in a heroic rescue in 1917 at Lake Erie where he saved a bunch of mine workers from toxic fumes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Morgan
ALSO, the radio was invented in Kentucky, by Nathan Stubblefield.
Gas Mask NOT originally invented by Morgan either.(He did invent one and save people however.) According to Wiki gas mask resembling modern type was invented by another Kentuckian named Haslett who had his patent number #6529 approved in 1849.

Stubblefield, who the knows. The radio you could make a case for Stubblefield, Edison, Marconi or Tesla. I think Edison beat them all to the patent office.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#17 Jan 13, 2013
Ok... u r right... but, Garrett was from Kentucky, and all Kentucky heroes should be celebrated... like Haslett... whatever his first name is. I will b back to figure out if Kentucky can claim Stubblefield's achievement. It's the f-in radio man! KY invented the RADIO!?! And nobody told me about this ?
rebelgray

Lexington, KY

#19 Jan 13, 2013
There is a black President.
ScareCROW

Lexington, KY

#18 Jan 13, 2013
A black inventor? What's next? A black President? Boy oh boy... wouldn't that b something.
ha ha ha

Lexington, KY

#20 Jan 13, 2013
U know what I would want to do to him ?
Armilus Dajjal

Winchester, KY

#22 Jan 26, 2013
ha ha ha wrote:
U know what I would want to do to him ?
If your answer is anything other than kiss or hug I will be disappointed.
couchburner

Louisville, KY

#23 Apr 22, 2013
Garrett Morgan did more than any of these loser white supremacists around here. In 1975, these white people were throwing rocks at lil black kids going to school. Yeah, yall some great folks... not.

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