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"Charged: The Story of Nikola Tesla"
Above: Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) at the age of 38.
This is a film about the private life of Nikola Tesla, the prodigal genius, the father of Alternating Current Electricity which is lighting the cities and towns of our planet. He discovered the induction AC motor which is considered one of the ten greatest discoveries of all time. He had seven-hundred patent in the United States, England and other European countries.
His private life is still and enigma. Being a loner, a bachelor, working alone, not entering into corporate associations and not mixing friends - his personal life was obscure to outsiders. His close friends were Robert Underwood Johnson, poet and editor of Century Magazine and his wife Katharine. Johnson's home on Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York City during the 1890s was the place where Nikola Tesla met many of his friends.
Nikola Tesla called Mr. Johnson, "Luka Filipov" and Madame Johnson, "Miss Filipov". Luka Filipov was a Serbian Montenegrin hero from the "Battle on Vucji Do" in Montenegro, 1876 between Montenegrins and Turks. Luka Filipov captured in the "Battle on Vucji Do" the Turkish commander Osman Pasa and brought him to the Montenegrin King Nikola Petrovic. Above his heroism in the "Battle on Vucji Do" the famous Serbian poet Zmaj Jovan Jovanovic wrote a poem called "Luka Filipov". Nikola Tesla translated the poem from Serbian to English and the poem was published in Century Magazine.
Tesla met Anthony Dvorak, the famous Czech composer and music genius, in the home of Robert Underwood Johnson and his wife Katharine. The Johnson's home was located at 327 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. It was a fashionable home of the editor of Century Magazine and Tesla's friend Robert Underwood Johnson. At the Johnson's home, Tesla met famous and important people such as Rudyard Kipling, the English poet and recipient of the Noble Prize for literature 1907. Kipling was born in Bombay, India.
Tesla also met Ignace Paderewski (1860-1941), Polish pianist, composer and statesman. Paderewski was representing Poland in the Versailles Peace Conference in 1919 and serving for ten months as premier of a coalition ministry of the Polish Government. In Johnson's home Tesla met writers John Muir and Helen Hunt Jackson, and the prima donna Nellie Melba and many politicians and socialites, including Senator George Hearst.
Ignace Paderewski (1860-1941), Polish pianist, composer and statesman. Prime Minister of Polish Government.
Above: Michael Idvorsky Pupin (1854 -1935)
The famous Serbian-American scientist and inventor Michael Pupin was also a guest at Johnson's home.
In 1883, three men who have since become world famous were at the University of Strasburg, although they were then unknown to each other or to fame. They were Paderewski, Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays and Tesla. All there men became friends and became famous.
Tesla Memorial Society of New York is saluting the new film "Charged: The Story of Nikola Tesla". The film will shed a new light on the private life of Nikola Tesla.