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OF SCHENECTADY SERIES: The Wizards of Schenectady Series is our flagship award
winning series featuring biographic documentaries on the amazing
life and achievements of local people whose contributions to technology
changed the world. From domestic appliances to top secret war
work, these are the men behind the technology. Their stories interweave
with community places and events that connect with us all.
WIZARDS OF SCHENECTADY - C. Guy Suits
and his Flying Machine Narrated by local news legends Jack Aernecke and Ernie Tetrault
Follow the amazing life of this pioneer as he worked with plasma technologies
with Albert Hull, then moved on to become manager of the G.E. Research
Lab. From artificial diamonds to building the G.E. Research lab in Niskayuna
his time at GE spanned some incredible times. Suits was known for his
vast assortment of hobbies which he mastered. Hobbies span from world
travel to love of the outdoors. This video series features aerial footage
of the Adirondacks, historical photos, and old films meticulously edited
to the life story of Guy Suits. 2008 Best California Public Access Show / 2007 first
place Electric City Film Fest. Length 26 min.
WIZARDS OF SCHENECTADY - Carl Rosner - Pioneer
in Superconductors Narrated by Jack Aernecke
Carl Rosner escaped the Holocaust to come to America in 1955. He worked
with other pioneers at the Research and Development lab to make the
worlds most powerful superconducting magnets. He then led Intermagnetics
General - a spin-off of General Electric to success as a prime manufacturer
of MRI magnets. Now he continues his work with Magnetocardiography.
2008 first place Electric City Film Fest / 2009 Ballston
Spa Film Fest Length 43 min. W003-
WIZARDS OF SCHENECTADY - Harold Chestnut - Control and Systems Narrated by Ernie Tetrault
Hal Chestnut is the father of modern automatic control. From airplanes
to powerplants Hal pioneered the theories and systems that run our world
and provide a basis for today's electrical engineers work. He was a
master leader, helping to create the IEEE in 1963, and run the International
Federation of Automatic Control in the middle of the cold war. Later
in life he devoted his life to find solutions for world peace and relaxing
in his Lake Luzern retreat.
2010 Electric City Film Fest Length 1 hour Learn More
WIZARDS OF SCHENECTADY - The Rice Legacy - E.W., C.W. and
Martin Rice Narrated by Joe Doolittle
A biographic television documentary on three men
who changed General Electric, and our world. E.W. Rice - Second president
of GE, co-inventor with Elihu Thomson. C.W. Rice - Son of E.W., developer
of better radar, sonar, and invented the modern loudspeaker with Kellogg,
an invention still used in every home today. Martin Rice - head of GE's
massive media influence in the early 20th century.
Length 1 hourLearn
TE01 - The
Tour EL - The twelve major forms of electric light 12 part learning course video + bonus videos
(available with a $38 donation or higher)
This high quality video is filled with graphics, diagrams and photos.
It is the only comprehensive educational video on all the forms of electric
light - teaching how each light works along with inventors and interesting
features. The video was shot at the Edison Tech Center using the extensive
collection of historical lamps in a demonstration hosted by expert collector
Rick DeLair. We have questions and course to go along with each lamp's
video for teachers. Learn new and interesting facts about the world
of electric light. Length: 1+ hour - this video will be available in June 2012
TE02 - How
Things Work Hear it from the inventors!
Short high impact videos (1-9 min.) which can be integrated into any
This series in unique in that we take the original pioneers/inventors
in various fields and have them explain how a technology works. If the
original inventor is not available we have an engineer in the same field
explain. Technologies: Capacitor
CMOS chip (digital camera)
Power supply (microwave oven)
Polyphase AC power
Surge Protector (MOV metal oxide varistor)
Length: TBD - this DVD will be available in July 2012
Current "The Edison Presents"
A variety series: Featuring interviews and on-location tours of
engineering sites both modern and historical. Includes short "how
it works" videos as well as other shorts.
EP-1 The EDISON PRESENTS - Nancy
Her and Roland Fitzroy's work on rockets, heat transfer, Manhattan Project
EP-2 The EDISON PRESENTS - Nancy
her work as a helicopter and airplane pilot, thoughts on being a woman
EP-3 The EDISON PRESENTS - Andrew
Burke Developing the first computerized hybrid car in the early 80s at
EP-4 The EDISON PRESENTS - The
Folsom Power House Learn about the 1895 power house built at the beginning of widespread
development of AC power
Former "The Edison Presents" Series:
Edison Exploratorium is the Edison Tech Center's old name.
Half hour interview shows with leaders of energy, technology, and the
This series is hosted by Capital Region TV legend Ernie Tetrault. Started
in spring of 2009.
E001 EDISON EXPLORATORIUM PRESENTS
- Betsy Wyman of Sundog Solar
All about home application of solar panels
SHOW CODE: E002 EDISON EXPLORATORIUM
PRESENTS - Dr. Frank Wicks of Union College
Current topics of energy production for our national grid. Solar vs.
Oil vs. Coal.
E003 EDISON EXPLORATORIUM PRESENTS
- Dr. Frank Wicks of Union College
Continued discussion on energy production for our national grid.
E004 EDISON EXPLORATORIUM PRESENTS
- Walter Bardsley, B-17 Gunner
Walt Bardsley talks about his experience in World War Two as a tail
gunner on the Flying Fortress.
E005 EDISON EXPLORATORIUM PRESENTS
- Ari Presler - Silicone Imaging
Ari Presler talks about using the SI-2K camera used in the Oscar winning
film "Slumdog Millionaire", designed here in Niskayuna.
E006 EDISON EXPLORATORIUM PRESENTS
- Mike Newell - Heat Regeneration
A new invention using waste heat from factories to create energy
(DVD not currently available 10/2011)
THE TECHSPLORER SERIES:
Half hour interview shows with some of
the people who made today's technology possible. This series is
hosted by Capital Region TV legend Ernie Tetrault and Schenectady
civic leader Nicholas C. Barber.
Length of each episode: 30 minutes
CODE: T001-T002 TECHSPLORER
- Pier Abetti (two shows)
Engineer and son of Astronomer Giorgio
Abetti talks about his youth in Florence growing up
with house visitors like Marconi, Einstein, and Irving Langmuir.
Pier also talks about his work designing high power power transformers
and transmission lines. 2008
TECHSPLORER - Roy Anderson
Roy started his career with tracking Sputnik from Crawford Hill outside
of Rotterdam in the Schenectady Area. He talks about moving on to designing
the first satellite navigation systems (pre-GPS), ATS Satellites, and
starting mobile satellite communications before the cell phone. 2008
T004- TECHSPLORER - Peter Frischman
Subject: Superconductivity at General Electric in the 1960's, working
on early computers in Arizona for General Electric.
T005- TECHSPLORER - Ivar Giaever
Nobel Prize winner talks about coming to America from Norway and working
at General Electric. 2007
TECHSPLORER - Harold A. Gauper
Talks about work in controlling radio interference in an array of technology.
TECHSPLORER - Robert Hall
Talks about inventing the Semiconductor Laser and Microwave work. 2008
T009- TECHSPLORER - Howard Hart
Howard Heart discusses his work with Lexan Apollo space helmets, making
a better MRI magnet, and Surveyor space mission experiments. 2008
T010- TECHSPLORER - Community
Roundtable with Harry Apkarian. 2007
Discussion of local events and issues in downtown Schenectady. 2007
TECHSPLORER - Walt Robb
Managing General Electric's Research Lab. 2007
- TECHSPLORER - Carl H. Rosner (two shows)
He was a pioneer in Superconducting magnets and led a spin-off
of GE Intermagnetics into a market leader in MRI Magnet production.
TECHSPLORER - Roland Schmitt
Managing General Electric's Research and Development Laboratory. 2007
T015- TECHSPLORER - Austin Spang
Austin Spang helped design control systems for jet engines, and missile
systems. Interview with Ernie Tetrault. 2008
T016- TECHSPLORER - Paul Swartz
Designing superconducting magnets for the MRI at Intermagnetics General.
Cofounder of Intermagnetics. 2007
GE FAMILY ALBUM SERIES:
Featuring comprehensive sets of rare videos on technology and
history from the engineers that made it happen. Lectures, interviews,
and documentaries organized by subject.
- History of Microwave and Radar (and
Laser Technologies)- 3 DVDs - 2.5 hours
DVD 1 -Robert N. Hall gives a lecture on his work with radar,
microwave, and invention of the semiconductor Laser - 1990's (length:
DVD 2 -Robert N. Hall talks to the Edison Exploratorium about
his life's work. 2008. (Length: 1 hr 8 min.)
DVD 3 -W004 Wizards of Schenectady: Chester W. Rices work with Radar
1910s-1920s. (Part of Episode 2) (15 min.)
History of Superconductivity
- 3 DVDs - 2.5 hours DVD 1 -The first item in this is a full interview with Mark
G. Benz about working at GE in the
1960s with superconductivity. See the original magnet specimens
saved from that time including the
first 100,000 Gauss magnetic coil. 2008 (length: 52 min.) DVD 2 -Ivar Giaver gives a lecture on his work with
Josephson Junctions. 1990s (length: 1 hr+)
DVD 3 -T014 and T013Carl H. Rosner talks about his work
with early superconducting magnets. 2008 (length: 30 min.)
History of Control
Systems - 3 DVDs - 5.5 hours
DVD 1 - IFAC 08 Seoul, Korea Interviews - Hal Chestnut Interviews
Featuring interviews with major Control Systems engineers of today about
their memories of Harold Chestnut and IFAC in the 1950's-1980s. (Length: 4 hours) 2008 DVD 2 - Austin Spang talks about his work on control systems
for the GE jet engines (length: 30 min.) 2008
DVD 3 - Wizards of Schenectady - Harold Chestnut - The
life and work of Harold Chestnut featuring many interviews, photos,
and graphic diagrams(see top of this page)2008 (length: 50 min approx.)
History of the Gas Turbine 3
DVDs - 2.5 hours
DVD 1 -A lecture on the development of the gas turbine from one
of its original pioneers Bob Hendrickson, includes rare
information not found in textbooks.(Length: 1 hr 20m) 1999
DVD 2 -Internal GE video on testing the 7F Gas Turbine (length:
6 min.) 1990's
DVD 3 -Full interview with gas turbine pioneer Arne Loft
Israel with Ernie Tetrault
Ernie Tetrault interviews Steve Israel about the Schenectady County
Airport 1990's Length: 27 min.
Helen Briggs Interview
Helen talks about her experience working at General Electric as a ...
1990's Length: 22 min.
- Ernie Tetrault - Ethel Cermack
Talks about William
Cermack - pioneer of the ceramic insulator. 1990's Length: TBD
GOSAM Memories A collection of old films on all the GE greats: Langmuir, Coolidge,
Steinmetz, Edison. Edited for the Gosam committee at General Electric
in 1976 Length: 20 min.
Edison Visits Schenectady 1922 film
Titles of names and places added to this old film. 2008 See
it on YouTube Length: 20 min.
Principals of Electricity
An educational film about the basics of electricity. 1991 Length: 20 min.
AC and DC Electricity Another educational film about the differences between AC and DC
electricity1990's Length: 30 min.
Energy from the Atom
Educational video on how energy from the atom can be used to make energy.
1990's Length: 30 min.
The Charles Proteus Steinmetz Video Collection:
Videos from various sources about the man who tamed the
wild mathematical frontier of AC power during the birth
of major electric power development in the 1890-1920 era.
Steinmetz was General Electric's "Wizard". While
Edison mastered the market in DC, Steinmetz led GE into
a new age of AC. His understanding of AC power was unequaled
and due to his humble nature, refused to take credit for
most of his work helping others on countless patents. Learn
more about this unknown master.
Steinmetz Day 2008 - Union College President Steve Ainlay
talks about Steinmetz and
the history of Union College at the Edison Tech Center. Length: 50 min.
Steinmetz Lecture at Union College 2007 - The Annual Steinmetz
Memorial Lecture Series feature guests prominent in their fields.
This year features Tod Machover - Professor of Music and Media
Technologies at MIT. Length: 1 hr + -Steinmetz Lectures at Union College are available going
back to the 1990's.
-Steinmetz Speech - See
it on YouTube
Famous Words of Steinmetz from a WGY 50th anniversary radio show.
Mixed to film of Steinmetz himself. Length: 1 min.
Wizards of Schenectady: The Rice Legacy: Includes Steinmetz's
role in the creation of the GE Research Lab and early AC power
development: Interview with George Wise
Length: 15 min out of 1 hour
The GE Family Album Series 2011:
- Work of Arne Loft - Pioneering the Gas Turbine The
life and work of Arne Loft, and the story of the development of the
first commercial gas turbine at GE in 1949. Length:
- The GEMOV and Transients - Bill Morris, J. Harnden, L. Barthold
The story of the metal oxide varistor which came at the right time in
order to save the new semiconductor industry from it's own susceptibility
to spikes in voltage which are common in utility systems. Length: 58:30
- Lionel Barthold's work on pioneering utility power systems The life and work of power utility pioneer and entrepreneur Lionel
Barthold. Founder of Power Technologies Inc. and former GE engineer. Length: 58:30
- Malcolm Horton - pioneer in HVDC, power systems and discussion
on history Talk of Steinmetz's Detroit Electric car, trolleys, HVDC systems
and more Length: TBD
- Ted Mihran - life work on klystrons, Cy Ramo, developing the first
microwave ovens Mr. Mihran was a engineer at the GE Research Lab who witnessed great
developments during his time there. He contributed to the development
of the microwave oven, radar and more. Length: TBD
- Rudolph Dehn - work on UHF and microwave technologies The life and work of Rudy Dehn. Mr. Dehn has been a pioneer of RF
engineering. He also helped develop the microwave oven. Bonus at the
end with William Kornrumpf showing us how microwave oven power supplies
changed over the years. Length: 58:30
- Glen Breuer - work HVDC systems. Also talks about the development of HVDC in Brazil, Utah, Germany,
Quebec. Also discusses General Electric's exit from the utility business
with former coworker John D. Harnden Jr. Length: TBD
- Al Brower - developing the thyratron, control systems, steel mill
automation This video is currently in production. Ask for availability. Length: TBD
- Klystrons: Research Development and Manufacture Developers of the klystron at GE talk about developing this powerful
device used in radar (AWACS), television broadcast, and particle accelerators.
Engineers: Rudy Dehn, Ted Mihran, Garland Branch, Victor Fraenckle,
and Hal Webster. They talk about earlier inventors of the klystron and
their contributions. Shot in 1990, now available on DVD in widescreen
format. Length: 42 min
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