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Tesla Wardenclyffe Land and Tesla's Laboratory at Shoreham, Long Island is currently being sold by Agfa Company
Tesla Memorial Society of New York is calling all Tesla enthusiasts around the world and people who appreciate what Nikola Tesla did for humanity to help repurchase the Tesla land and property in Shoreham, Long Island, New York. This land was once the site of Tesla's famous Wardenclyffe Tower (Tesla Tower).
The famous Tesla Tower, so called Wardenclyffe Tower, was erected by Nikola Tesla on 1901 -1905 as the first broadcasting system in the world, and transmitting electrical energy without wires to the globe using the Ionosphere (the electrified upper part of the atmosphere of the earth important for transmitting radio waves around the globe). Under the solar radiation, molecoles of the upper atmosphere are being constantly transmitted into ions.
There is an urgent need to proclaim the Tesla's Wardenclyffe site located at Shoreham, Long Island a national monument
Letter from Governor David A. Paterson of New York written by Carol Ash, Comissioner, regarding the recognition of Tesla's laboratory in Shoreham as a Historic Place:
An open letter to President Obama regarding Tesla Wardenclyffe property below:
NIKOLA TESLA EXPERT
Box 32 • Kingston, RI 02881
May 7, 2009
We are facing an immediate potential crisis concerning Tesla’s laboratory at the Wardenclyffe site out at Shoreham, Long Island. Just to recap briefly Tesla’s accomplishments. In 1897, through the Westinghouse Corporation, Tesla’s 40 patent invention of the AC hydroelectric power system was put in at Niagara Falls. This is a clean energy, renewable source of power, essentially unchanged today, over 100 years later. Tesla is the single most important person for slowing down global warming with this work of genius. I’m sure you remember the Great Blackout in November of 1965 when the entire Northeast was off line. That event reflects the power and necessity of Tesla’s great invention. A year later, in 1898, Tesla displayed his remote controlled robotic boat at Madison Square Garden. This one invention, which used his Tesla oscillator and continuous wireless frequencies had within it the fundamental patented ideas behind such inventions as radio, TV, remote control (such as the garage door opener and TV remote), radio guidance systems, encryption and cell phone technology (the ability to create an unlimited number of wireless channels).
Tesla had several laboratories in New York City during the height of the Gilded Age. His friends, colleagues and competitors included Tom Edison, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, John Muir, John Jacob Astor, George Westinghouse, Teddy Roosevelt and later FDR and his two partners in the Wardenclyffe enterprise, the great architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White (designer of the original Madison Square Garden in NY, the Tennis Hall of Fame and Rosecliffe in Newport and the Capitol building in Providence, RI) and Tesla’s financial backer, J. Pierpont Morgan, the most powerful man on the planet. When he passed away, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia gave a powerful eulogy over the radio set to slides that we put together @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MldwLN5WjwY .
Wardenclyffe, which is situated at Shoreham, Long Island, right on Route 25 near Stony Brook, still stands. It is an important historic site that must be preserved. We are suggesting in the strongest terms possible that for just a few million dollars, the property can be purchased and preserved as a Museum to Nikola Tesla and Stanford White. The building must be made today an historic monument before developers raze the property as they have threatened to do. The details of this sad possibility is laid out in detail at http://www.teslasociety.com .
Tesla is revered around the world. For his 100th birthday, the scientific community named the measure of magnetic flux density after Tesla. MRI’s are measured in teslas, and thus he takes his place among the pantheon of greats like Watt, Ampere, Volta and Faraday. In 1999, Life Magazine listed Tesla as one of the 100 most important people of the last 1,000 years. Nominated for a Nobel Prize by the same man who nominated Albert Einstein, governors from New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona and Colorado and mayors form New York, Niagara Falls and Cleveland have declared Nikola Tesla day on Tesla’s birthday, and UNESCO has recently listed the Tesla Museum in Belgrade in their Memory of the World Register. Menlo Park, NJ has Edison, Dearborn, MI has Henry Ford and Shoreham, NY has Tesla. His site must be preserved.
To give you an idea of how popular Tesla is, several weeks ago I was on Coast to Coast radio speaking for one hour about Tesla, 1 AM est. By morning my website had 10,000 hits. In the early 1990’s, right before the internet took hold, Tesla was listed in the top ten of people that were searched for in the Encyclopedia Britannica, right along side, JFK, Einstein, Jesus and Elvis! Since the publication of the recent New York Times article, I have had emails from Europe praising our efforts and Australian radio asked me to go on the air to explain why Wardenclyffe should be saved.
President Obama, this is a win win situation for the country, for New York, and the world. By proclaiming the Wardenclyffe site a national monument, we honor our past and we help educate the public. The next step would be to purchase the property and make it a museum which would certainly stimulate the economy and educate at the same time.
Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D. Author: WIZARD: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla
An open letter to New York Senator Charles Schumer below:
NIKOLA TESLA EXPERT
Box 32 • Kingston, RI 02881
March 17, 2009 firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> http://www.teslasociety.com
Tesla had several laboratories in New York City during the height of the Gilded Age. His friends, colleagues and competitors included Tom Edison, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, John Muir, John Jacob Astor, George Westinghouse, Teddy Roosevelt and later FDR and his two partners in the Wardenclyffe enterprise, the great architect Stanford White of McKim, Mead and White (designer of the original Madison Square Garden in NY, the Tennis Hall of Fame and Rosecliffe in Newport and the Capitol building in Providence, RI) and Tesla’s financial backer, J. Pierpont Morgan, the most powerful man on the planet.
Tesla is revered around the world. For his 100th birthday, the scientific community named the measure of magnetic flux density after Tesla. MRI’s are measured in Teslas, and thus he takes his place among the pantheon of greats like Watt, Ampere, Volta and Faraday. In 2,000, Life Magazine listed Tesla as one of the 100 most important people of the last 1,000 years. He was a New Yorker. I was born and raised in New York. As a kid, my heroes included Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Menlo Park New Jersey has Edison, Dearborn Michigan has Ford, Princeton has Einstein and Shoreham Long Island has Tesla.
Senator Schumer, this is a win win situation. By proclaiming the Wardenclyffe site a national monument, we honor our past. The next step would be to purchase the property and make it a museum which would certainly stimulate the economy and educate at the same time.
An Immediate Threat Against A Major Historical Site
There is an immediate threat against a major historical site of arguably the greatest American scientist in human history. A man of Serbian descent, who was pushed from his deserved place in American and World history through greed and neglect, a man who brought the United States and the world away from using coal furnaces and oil lamps in the 1890's. Through his lifetime he gave us technology to create AC Power, the radio, television, robotics, RADAR to mention a few and he lived and died in New York City. He was of the GREATEST thinkers Mankind has ever witnessed. He was Nikola Tesla. But ask anyone today who Nikola Tesla is and usually you get a shrug. He only began changing the technological world to what you see all around you especially in New York, all starting from the Niagara Falls hydro-electric power station he and George Westinghouse built over 100 years ago to distribute AC power, all through Tesla's around 40 patents and personal designs. For without him, New York City would not be as it is, period.
Over 100 years later, NOW THE LAST REMAINING Tesla occupied Laboratory in Shoreham is up for sale by a Belgium based company, AGFA, who should never have owned it since the site should have long ago been preserved as public land by the State of New York and/or the Federal Government. The foreign based AGFA company poisoned the site with toxic chemicals until 1987 before abandoning yet holding onto the 16.5 acres. Just recently has it been cleaned up. Further, the FOREIGN OCCUPIED LAND WITH TESLA'S ONLY LABORATORY WAITS FOR A PRIVATE BUYER TO DEMOLISH EVERY BUILDING as a point of sale!
The site MUST BE SAVED for at least these reasons: for U.S. historical value, scientific and educational value, engineering value toward the future, and for world status reasons as it is wholly an American site. The United States in 100 years has never offered TESLA ANY PLACE IN ITS HISTORY and yet benefitted the most from Tesla's inventions and revealing of information he could have all kept in his memory. Imagine had he never been born or became interested in Engineering? Yet instead, he technologically created the America we inhabit today. For where is Tesla's museum in America to show the world where RADIO originated from? Where did the capability of AC POWER derive? Who invented the first radio controlled robot? Who brought us the foundation for television, radio, RADAR, satellite communications, or the ability to remote control a robot on Mars? Tesla did. And instead of his own museum for all his contributions, Tesla received a plaque at Niagara Falls for his patents and work there on the first GREEN POWER hydro-electric dam and a post-mortem acknowledgement of patent priority for inventing the first designs for radio. Tesla's dedicated museum is in recently war-torn Serbia for God sake, only because he was born there! Yet most of his inventions were on US soil and patented as a US citizen. As a US citizen I am somewhat disgraced at my country's conduct and past handling of not providing his own museum in the U.S.
Yet there in New Jersey, just one slap in the face state away is the Thomas Edison national historic park, the man Tesla fought with for years and disproved regarding building our nation on DC (EDISON) or AC (TESLA) power. Tesla won with his AC power design yet we do not credit him at all. The DC alternative would have brought greenhouse gasses and world pollution to critical levels 50 years sooner had Edison never been challenged. A Reference to the Edison museum: http://www.nps.gov/edis/
It is simply terrible to treat the greatest inventor in our WORLD's history (since the discoverers of fire and the wheel) with such disrespect as to not even offer him a simple place of rememberance for all he freely gave us to allow others to make TRILLION$ and TRILLION$ off of over the years, building these ruling mega-businesses, making America what it is today. When I discovered and learned about the truth of Tesla a year ago I also discovered there were many around me and out in the world who have no clue who Tesla was, and I am appalled at how America has forgotten who the maker of our modern world was. He was a man who died alone and penniless in New York City where he had lived out the rest of his days watching his well-replicated and built on inventions unfold around him outside his windows, basically having given it to us free of charge.
There is NO TIME TO SPARE and there is NO OTHER viable place with such rich history to have an American based TESLA MUSEUM than at 5 Randall Road Shoreham, NY. At this location a century ago, through JP Morgan before he regretfully pulled funding, Tesla was about to create his GREATEST INVENTION to date which would have been WIRELESS POWER transmitted freely through the air safely like radio waves. Tesla already patented and proved it to work yet was stopped before the tower was completed--it was destroyed by our US government in 1917 for false "security reasons".
Had he built the 187 foot tower to completion at Shoreham 100 years ago, there would likely be no subject of global warming, no need for batteries--no asthma (which I suffer), no need for gasoline in cars or planes or trains or deforestation for ethanol production. Everything could be run off wireless power, distributed without fail (I remember the NYC recent blackouts on the news and their effects). Thank Thomas Edison for the GRID. For without the GRID there would be no worry about solar flares or terrorist attacks to substations or power lines getting cut.
Imagine hurricane Katrina having homes and businesses with wireless power. Pumps failed at the levee for lack of power. Indoor temperatures rose to heat stroke highs without power. At night there was no light to help at all. Unless submerged under water, no one would have been without power then or in any other disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes, snow or ice storms--they would all have power all the time. This is the legacy Tesla left us and I ask after 100 years of nothing done to protect his last standing foothold in America, in New York, "WILL THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN NEW YORK ALLOW 100 YEARS OF STATUS QUO POLITICS AND LET THIS CRIME HAPPEN TO ONE OF THE GREATEST SCIENTIFIC AND HISTORICAL MONUMENTS TO ONE OF THE GREATEST SCIENTISTS AND INVENTORS IN HUMAN HISTORY--A GREAT AMERICAN INVENTOR?" This final thread of Tesla and America must be preserved for what it stands for.
Already, local legislation has been passed in your state of New York to purchase and FINALLY preserve the land and Tesla building as a national museum and landmark. That was January 29, 2009 but it is appearing there wasn't enough money to buy the land and the offer to protect seems to be stalemated as now it is April and the land still for sale.
THIS IS ALL OF THE WORLDS LAST CHANCE TO FINALLY PRESERVE TESLA'S FINAL STILL-STANDING PLACE OF WONDERFUL INVENTIONS. I worked at FEMA in 2001 and watched in horror when terrorists brought down a great symbol of America in New York. I don't want to see that allowed to happen to another building treasure in New York by this land again selling to any private taker and abandoning it, or further changing the building structure through addons or completely levelling it as a memory. The Tesla Tower, the SYMBOL OF WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF POWER is already destroyed through lack of protection, ignorance and greed. For America, and all that Tesla is to the United States, it is simply WRONG to allow his place to slip away into nothing.
If you were to plan to build a road you would force-buy the land if needed. Even so, the dumping of toxic waste and poisoning the local water supply and abandonment of the property for 22 years are not strong enough reasons to jurisdictionally allow for the land's preservation?
Suffolk County Legislature for the Sixth District
National Historic Park Thomas Edison
Tesla Memorial Society of New York
CORPORATE REALTY SERVICES, LLC.
O'Hara ~ Farrell
888 Veterans Highway -- Suite 430, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Tel: 631.656.7200 Fax: 631.656.7201
Land Listings - 3/12/2009
Available Size: 15.69 acres
Zoning: A2 Residential
Sale Price: $1,650,000.00
Taxes: upon request
Comments: Includes 14 industrial buildings totaling 100,510 square feet and 1 office building totaling 10,315 square feet. Property can also be delivered fully cleared and level. Site located between Tesla Court and Randall Road.
Broker: John P. O'Hara
An open letter to previous Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, below:
NIKOLA TESLA EXPERT
Box 32 • Kingston, RI 02881
Honorable Al Gore
Dear Vice President Gore,
As you can see from the enclosed flyer, the Wardenclyffe property is up for sale for $850,000. As you can also see, the real estate agents, John O’Hara and Leo Farrell are also planning to “improve” the property by leveling all buildings, which obviously includes Tesla’s lab and the foundation for the tower, which is still in existence (see aerial view).
I spoke to Mr. O’Hara, and he has assured me that when he states “Property can be delivered fully cleared and level,” this does not include the razing of the lab, which was built by the great architect, Stanford White, of McKim, Mead & White. But that does not make me rest any easier.
As a spokesman for the Tesla Society of New York, we have sent a number of letters to various dignitaries such as Governor Paterson of New York, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Charles Schumer and also President Obama suggesting that they use part of the money from the stimulus package to purchase the property and convert it into a museum to honor both Nikola Tesla and Stanford White (whose home is just a few miles away in St. James). Tesla often stayed at White’s place when he was out at Wardenclyffe.
I am requesting that you suggest to President Obama and/or Governor Paterson that they purchase the land for the state and/or country and convert it into a park and museum. This is a way for us to honor our past and at the same time bring international recognition to one of the technological forefathers well aware of man’s role as steward in the evolution of the planet.
Enclosed, please find Nikola Tesla: The Man Who Harnessed Niagara Falls, a small book I wrote on Tesla’s role in providing clean renewable energy through his invention of the hydroelectric power system. Tesla is the single most important person for slowing down global warming. Without Tesla and his association with George Westinghouse, the 20th century would have evolved with tens of thousands of local coal operated air-polluting electrical power plants instead of the elegant clean energy invention of long distance electrical power transmission which was quickly put in at waterfalls all over the globe. Close friends included John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, who, along with Teddy Roosevelt started the Sierra Club. Certainly Tesla should be recognized as a hero in the struggle to advance civilization but do it in a way that is non-polluting and does not sap the Earth of its precious resources.
All I think it would take is one word from you to save Wardenclyffe, and in doing so, honor a giant in the field of invention who resided in American and, according to Life Magazine one of the 100 most important individuals of the last 1,000 years.
Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D.
Above: Wardenclyffe Tower with electrical sparks. Tesla built this tower to transfer electricity without wires to electrify the entire earth and to be the first broadcasting system in the world.
Press Release From Assemblyman Marc Alessi who calls for protection of historic Tesla property at Wardenclyffe, Shoreham, Long Island
An open letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg below:
NIKOLA TESLA EXPERT
Box 32 • Kingston, RI 02881
March 20, 2009 firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> http://www.teslasociety.com
Above: Transmitting Tesla Tower and Laboratory built in 1901-1905 by Stanford White, famous architect and Tesla's friend. Located in Wardenclyffe, Long Island. This was to be the first broadcasting system in the world. Tesla also wanted to transmit electricity from this Tower to the whole globe without wires using the Ionosphere. The source of the transmitted electricity was to be the Niagara Falls power plant.
Above: Photograph of a model of Tesla Tower in action, shows how the Tower would have looked if it was completed.
Above: The tragedy of Tesla in Wardenclyffe, the tower was dismantled on July 4, 1917. It was dynamited and razed by the mortgage holder, the proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The following price and quoting was taken from http://www.corporaterealtyservices.com:
CORPORATE REALTY SERVICES, LLC. is selling Tesla's Wardenclyffe Land and Tesla's Laboratory
A Visit to Tesla Tower (June 10, 1990)
Above: Group Photo from a visit to Tesla Tower, June 10, 1990 demanding the proclamation of Wardenclyffe Tower Site as a National landmark. From left to right: Melvin Drossman, Boris Mardesic (with sun glasses), Peggy McKinnon Clark, Dr. Dushan Kosovic, Dr. Mariza Pezzulic, Dr. Ljubo Vujovic (organizer of the meeting), Slavka Bulajic, Mrs. Hochbruckner, Congressmen George Hochbruckner, William Terbo, Dr. David Dasic (Consul General of Yugoslavia) and Dragoslav Pejic (Ambassador of Yugoslavia to United Nations).
Tesla Memorial Society of New York and The Nikola Tesla Committee organized a visit to the Tesla Tower in Shoreham, Long Island on June 10, 1990. The famous Tesla Tower, so called Wardenclyffe Tower, was erected by Nikola Tesla on 1901 -1905 as the first broadcasting system in the world, and transmitting electrical energy without wires to the globe using the Ionosphere (the electrified upper part of the atmosphere of the earth important for transmitting radio waves around the globe). Under the solar radiation, molecoles of the upper atmosphere are being constantly transmitted into ions.
The visit to the Tesla Tower was done with the intention to express our views that the Tesla Tower foundation be designed as a national historical site. There are several Tesla Societies in Long Island today which are formed with the intention to build a Tesla Science Museum in Shoreham, Long Island. Tesla's laboratory was designed by the famous American architect and Tesla's friend, Stanford White. The laboratory is still standing in good condition. In front of Tesla's laboratory, there is a foundation of Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower which was an enormous structure underground connecting the Tower with the Atlantic Ocean. J.P. Morgan, the richest and most powerful man of that time, was a financier of the Tesla Broadcasting system. The Tower was designed as a world communications center and Nikola Tesla added to the project in that the tower would also be used for transmitting electrical energy without wires to the entire globe. Tesla wanted to saturate the globe with electricity as a dynamo so that everyone on the surface of the globe could obtain electrical light just by sticking wires into the soil and a electrical bulb would light. When J.P. Morgan heard about the Tesla project, he was asked: "How can we get money from the electricity which Tesla is supplying to every part of the world?" After that Morgan cut the funds and the Tower was never finished.
Tesla wanted to bring electricity from the huge resources at Niagara Falls Power Plant and disperse it all around the globe. What a magnificent project it was, however it was never finished. The concept of telephone and telegraph communications, developed by Tesla on Long Island, is still the foundation of today's rapidly growing development of international and intercontinental wireless communications.
The visit to Tesla Tower on June 10, 1990 was so successful that 10 United States Congressmen and one Senator spoke in the American Congress about Nikola Tesla. American Congresswomen Hon. Helen Delich Bentley had a beautiful speech about Nikola Tesla in the US Congress on July 10th 1990, celebrating the 134th birthday of Nikola Tesla.
Article from the Long Island Press:
BY RICK BRAND | firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2009
Advocates who want to create a science museum and learning center at the former lab of famed physicist Nikola Tesla, the father of alternating current, moved a step closer as a legislative committee approved appraisals of the 13-acre Shoreham site.
However, aides to County Executive Steve Levy, citing economic woes, warned the county cannot afford a new museum, when existing ones are facing fiscal woes.
The measure, approved unanimously Monday, goes to the county legislature Tuesday where sponsor Legis. Daniel Losquadro (R-Shoreham), minority leader, said he expects wide support.
"This is clearly a very important historic site," said Losquadro, saying it could easily qualify as a national landmark and has attracted international interest. He also believes the site could attract naming rights funding from major communications companies.
Backers say the lab is historically important because the 10,000-square-foot brownstone is the last remaining research facility used by Tesla, a scientific giant at the turn of the century. Tesla built power generators at Niagara Falls, invented radio and did far-reaching research on energy and robotics. The site also has the remains of a 187-foot high tower used for radio wave experiments, that goes 120 feet deep into the ground.
"If we were talking about the last laboratory of Thomas Edison, people would be all over this," said Jane Alcorn, president of Tesla Science Center. She said Tesla is just as important, and his work is now undergoing a revival. Alcorn added that his alternating current electric power made Edison's electric light practical, allowing power to be sent long distances.
But Levy aide Ben Zwirn warned, "Acquiring the site would be the easiest part. The problem is once you have it what do you do now." Reached later, Suffolk parks commissioner John Pavacic echoed concerns, saying a new complex would stress park resources, noting the Vanderbilt Museum and Maritime Museum in Sayville are having fiscal woes.
But Losquadro said the county needs only to act as a catalyst for purchase and the Tesla organization that has long advocated for the science center would be responsible for fundraising and operating the site. But he added it is crucial to have the county initiate talks to compete with other buyers. He also hoped the county might get land for a tax write-off because pollution problems limit its use.
The property, located on Route 25A, is owned by Agfa Corp., a Belgium-based imaging company, but the complex has been closed since 1987, when technology at the site became obsolete. The parcel is also a state Superfund site that has undergone a cleanup for heavy photographic metals that is virtually complete. Bill Bosmann, an Agfa official, said the parcel is now for sale but declined further comment.
Article from the Long Island Press:Legislator Losquadro Announces Initial Approval for Historic National Landmark
Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:41 PM EST
Suffolk County Legislator Daniel P. Losquadro (R-Shoreham) announced today that he has successfully shepherded legislation out of committee that would allow for the initial planning steps to acquire scientist Nikola Tesla's last existing laboratory, located in Shoreham, NY.
The 13 acre site in Shoreham includes Tesla's laboratory as well as the site of the 187 foot tower used for his groundbreaking research into wireless power transmission.
"Being able to preserve one of the last national treasures of Tesla's work is something to be proud of not only for the sixth legislative district, but for Suffolk County and the rest of the country as well," said Losquadro.
Losquadro's legislation will allow the county to start the process of exploring the purchase of Tesla's laboratory. Losquadro expects that with the county taking the proper planning steps to purchase the property, the ability to partner with private and national interests will expand.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to partner with the Tesla Science Center as well as exploring private partnerships that want to preserve scientist Nikola Tesla's groundbreaking achievements into wireless technology and energy,” continued Losquadro.
The full County Legislature is expected to vote on this resolution on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009. Losquadro expects the legislation will pass and that the planning process will begin shortly.
North Shore Sun, February 6, 2009
Tesla museum on the horizon
By Alison Snyder
The former research lab of famed inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla in Shoreham has
Legislation sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Daniel Losquadro (R-Shoreham) and
"We're going to take the lead on this," said Mr. Losquadro. "Everyone has been
The county now will contact Afga and begin the appraisal process and discussions to
Jane Alcorn, president of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, the nonprofit
"We just hope that all the involved parties come to an amicable agreement and allow
The group envisions a museum with a permanent exhibit highlighting Tesla, who
Ms. Alcorn said she also wants the museum to foster a wider interest in science with
"The idea is we'd like to have something that's useful for the community as well as
Despite the difficult economic times, Mr. Losquadro said the county has dedicated
"With the economy in a downturn, we have the ability to preserve important lands
If the county ends up purchasing the land and the building, Mr. Losquadro
Neither Mr. Losquadro or Ms. Alcorn had an indication of what type of time frame it