When STAR WARS debuted in May 1977, it gave rise to a pop-cultural phenomenon unlike any the world had ever seen. The movie was so singular and iconic, and so technically ambitious -- that it almost never came to be. To bring Star Wars to the screen, new technology had to be invented and existing technology had to be utilized in ways never before imagined. None of the special effects companies in Hollywood could handle the blend of creativity and innovation necessary to bring director George Lucas’s vision to life. So Lucas built his own studio, and forever changed the way movies are made. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Go to . Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
Airplane | Rewriting Aviation History | 3
In 1913, the young aviation industry was in trouble. The Wright brothers’ broad proprietary claim on airplane technology—and their willingness to sue competitors—created a legal bottleneck that was stifling the airplane’s development. Their legal power over aviation stemmed from the idea that they were the first to build a plane capable of flying. But what if they weren’t the first? In early 1914, Glenn Curtiss was presented with the opportunity to test that idea. Ironically, the experiment would end up costing him his place in history. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Listeners of American Innovations are invited to get 15% off their first order by using the promo code AI at checkout, online or at any The Art of Shaving stores. Cayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at cinco.caymanjack.com.Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
Airplane | Wrights and Wrongs | 2
Glenn Curtiss may have mastered the technical aspects of the airplane, but in September of 1909, Curtiss found himself painfully ill-equipped to handle the latest challenge before him: the Wright brothers were suing him for patent infringement., demanding he stop building, selling, and even flying his planes. While Curtiss was the main target of the lawsuit, the outcome of the case would affect the industry as a whole. That’s because the question at hand focused on the interpretation and application of patent law. Specifically, could any one man--or in this case, two brothers--legally own the air. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address:
Airplane | The Flight of the June Bug | 1
Think for a moment about some of the pioneering developments from the earliest days of American aviation: The first pilot’s licence; the first flight from one city to another; the first airplane sold commercially. More than a century later, most people attribute these milestones to the Wright brothers. But the Wright brothers were responsible for none of these firsts. In fact, all of these achievements belong to just one man: Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the father of modern aviation. So why is it that most Americans have never heard his name? Support us by supporting our sponsors! Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting . Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
Jaron Lanier Wants You to Delete Social Media | 5
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube. The past year has brought a backlash against these companies and others over data privacy and their treatment of speech. Tech visionary and critic . Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.