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BELL (continued): • Bell spent his evenings working on a device that would transmit the human voice over wires. He hired a skilled electrician Thomas Watson, to help him. When the wealthy father of one of his deaf students heard of the experiments, he offered to financially support Bell’s work. After 2 years of laboring, in 1876, Mr. Watson heard Bell’s voice through the wire in another room in what is considered the first telephone call. At age 29, Bell was issued Patent No. 175,465, for “the method of, and apparatus for, transmitting vocal or other sounds telegraphically by causing electrical undulations, similar in form to the vibrations of the air accompanying the said vocal or other sound.” • The following year the Bell Telephone Company was created, and Alexander married the deaf daughter of his wealthy patron. Less than nine years later, 150,000 people in the U.S. owned telephones. • In 1915, Bell phoned Watson once again, this time for the first ceremonial transcontinental call. Bell called from New York City and Watson answered in San Francisco. • In addition to the telephone, Bell held 17 other patents, including hydrofoil boats, aerial vehicles, selenium cells, a metal jacket to assist in breathing, a device to locate icebergs, and the audiometer to detect minor hearing problems. He is also credited with the metal detector, an invention he came up with quickly in an attempt to locate a bullet in the body of President James Garfield, after the president was shot by an assassin. • In 1906, this genius with a vision said, “The day will come when the man at the telephone will be able to see the distant person to whom he is speaking.” • Although he was a gifted inventor, throughout his life, Bell always referred to himself as “a teacher of the deaf.” When he passed away in 1922, the entire telephone system was shut down for one minute as a tribute.

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March 12 is the birthday of the Girl Scouts, the 103rd anniversary of the day Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 Savannah, Georgia, girls together for the organization’s first meeting. Let’s examine the history of this group and the fascinating woman who founded it. • Juliette “Daisy” Gordon was born into a wealthy Savannah family in 1860 and attended an exclusive boarding school and French finishing school. After her marriage to a very wealthy Englishman, William Low, the couple moved to England.

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• After several years abroad, Juliette’s marriage ended in divorce, and she returned to the States. Because she had lived such a financially-privileged life, she longed to do something meaningful with her life. In 1911, she met Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, after which she determined her course of action. • In 1912, Juliette invited 18 girls to the first meeting of the Girl Scouts, and they embarked on a mission of physical, mental, and spiritual development, along with community service. The girls played sports, went on camping trips, studied the arts, practiced homemaking skills, learned first aid and survival skills, and sold war bonds. By 1920, there were 70,000 Girl Scouts across America. By the end of the 1920s, that number had grown to more than 200,000. Juliette personally funded the organization for many years, selling off valuable personal jewelry to provide support.

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GIRL SCOUTS (continued): • During the Great Depression, Girl Scouts could be found making quilts, gathering food and clothing for the poor, and volunteering in Answer: Dell. hospitals. During World War II, they planted VERY LARGE NUMBER Victory A Gardens. • Edward Kasner was a mathematician. In 1938 • The tradition of Girl Scout cookies dates he was asked to come up with a name for a back to 1917, justthe five years one, afterfollowed Juliette very large number: numeral Low organization. A scout troop by a founded hundred the zeros. He asked his two young in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies nephews what name they would suggest. and a sale in their highsuggested school cafeteria as • held Nine-year-old Milton a name part of a service project. Over the next two out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character decades, Girl was Scouts held named Barney veryacross popular.America Milton chose sales of cookies baked bynumber. their own troops, Barney’s last name for the them inthe wax selling • packaging Kasner announced newpaper, name and for the big door-to-door for 35 cents a dozen. In 1934, number in his next book, altering the spelling. Philadelphia Girl Larry ScoutsPage became the first to • Sixty years later, and Sergey Brin sell commercially-baked cookies, and within developed a new internet search engine. Other two years, the national licensed search engines searchedorganization each webpage and ranked according howII,many the idea.them During WorldtoWar whentimes therea specific term appeared them,and butbutter, Page and was a shortage of sugar,onflour, the Brin designed their search engine to search for Girl Scouts sold calendars as their service the specific term and then find outbakers how many project. By 1948, 29 commercial were links there were that led back to that page, licensed to bake the three varieties – peanut which resulted in a better search engine. butter sandwich, shortbread, and chocolate • mints. They Today, decided cookie they sales neededduring a name that the short reflected how many websites the search eight-week time period the Scouts hold their engine was searching. They took the name sale are close to $790very million. of Edward Kasner’s large number, only they misspelled it slightly, so it ended up being • A group of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia, has spelledtoexactly the members same wayworldwide the cartoon grown 3.9 million tocharacter Barney spelled his last name. What’s day. More than 59 million American women it called? (Answer at bottomInof1953, page) the Girl are Girl Scout alumnae. COMPUTER FACTSJuliette GorScouts organization purchased • don In 1981 Bill Gates said, “640 kb ofopened memory Low’s Savannah birthplace and it ought to be enough for anybody.” as a museum and program center for girls. • Moore’s Law states that computer performance Thanks doubles everyfor 18 toReading 24 months,Tidbits! and ever since 1971, this has been true. • HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. Answer: Google, from googol.

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"The Emerald Isle" (Ireland), "Alexander Graham Bell" and "Girl Scouts"

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