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Nikola Tesla Energy Independence Celebration in Philadelphia
by Michael Riversong
Philadelphia has a healthy street life. That helped immensely as we promoted this conference by handing out cards at a Friday night arts fair and a July 4th celebration. Several people came to the Tesla Celebration events because of these promotions, so standing there confronting apathy, antagonism, and occasional enthusiasm made a big difference. Not many cities offer such opportunities for public interaction. This is one of many reasons why Philadelphia was an ideal setting for a significant new Tesla conference.
The weekend began with a festive Friday night dinner at the Balkan Express Restaurant with authentic Serbian food. Speakers, invited guests, and some members of the public took advantage of excellent networking opportunities.
On Saturday and Sunday (July 11 and 12) during the days the Nikola Tesla Inventor's Club set up tents on the Independence Hall lawn. This included an art show, music, and informal instruction free to the general public. Many old and new friends stopped by. Only occasionally would someone kindly inform us that our efforts were useless, and discussions were always lively when that happened. Fast-paced and well-attended evening lectures were delivered in the historic Philadelphia Ethical Society hall on beautiful Rittenhouse Square.
Meanwhile on Saturday the Innovation Roadshow Workshop was presented at Two Liberty Place. This was a special, complimentary program for inventors arranged by the Nikola Tesla Inventor's Club and presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Valuable instructions on how to develop and market inventions were given.
Two petitions were circulated during the events. One was to advocate canonization of Nikola Tesla as a saint through the Serbian Orthodox Church. www.St-Tesla.com
<http://www.St-Tesla.com/>The other will ask the City of Philadelphia to re-name a key freeway after Nikola Tesla. Also a Declaration of Energy Independence was on hand, read several times, and signed by many visitors.
Tom Valone of Integrity Research Institute started the lecture series off with an in depth analysis of technologies initiated by Tesla. He emphasized several medical spin-offs, relating how they work inexpensively on a number of conditions. Long experience in this field of research has shown that medical technologies are often the first to work. Tom also invited all of us to the Third International Conference on Future Energy to be held in Washington DC October 9-10.
Dr. Ljubo Vujovic of the Tesla Memorial Society provided several deep insights into Tesla's life and way of thinking. It was rare, and especially beneficial, to see the role that Serbian culture played in the formation and inspiration of this great man.
Only one of Tesla's laboratories is still standing, at Wardenclyffe on Long Island. Jane Alcorn and Chris Wesselborg had a hopeful outlook concerning the possibilities of creating a Science Center at the site. They gave a vivid photographic tour using recent and archival material and showed a number of plans for the site. Work on resurrecting the building has been going for 15 years and they are making progress among the multiple layers of Long Island government.
David Vujich gave a short briefing on various ongoing government efforts to facilitate the development of alternative and advanced energy systems.
Both evenings, Engineer David Rosignoli demonstrated a distinctive Tesla coil that was one of the most exciting parts of the conference. He allowed audience members to line up and use gas-filled glass tubes to create memorable lighting effects.
Some relationships between electricity and gravity are now known among scientists. It is not known exactly how much Tesla researched Electrogravitics. Russell Anderson has made a great deal of progress in the field by reliably building "lifters" that levitate entirely due to electric charge carried in threadlike wires connected to specially built power supplies. This technology promises to open up new methods of high speed air and space travel in the future.
Father Milorad Orlic is the parish priest of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. His unusual credentials allowed great insight into Tesla's spiritual life and thus some of the underlying motivations for his inventions. Given his early exposure to religion as the son of a parish priest it is possible to see how Tesla developed the great generosity, ethics, and compassion for which he was known throughout his life. His great sacrifice in leaving homeland and family behind to pursue inventing for the benefit of all humanity was poignantly emphasized.
Any strong historical personality invites artistic portrayal. One of the most intense forms of art is opera. Miriam Seidel wrote such a work which was eventually presented in Serbia and the United States with director Terry O'Reilly. They both gave insight into their creative processes and then showed a long video clip from one of the performances.
While Tesla's name had been removed from school textbooks by order of J.P. Morgan, amateur radio enthusiasts always kept his memory alive. Yuri Blanarovich is president of the Tesla Radio Club in New Jersey, an organization with a long history and many plans to continue helping Tesla become more widely known in the future.
Mark Passio gave a well organized presentation detailing the current state of humanity and what needs to happen both technologically and ethically to change the situation. Many people need to raise their consciousness to Tesla's level in order for our species to make any progress.
The final presentation of the conference built on Mark Passio's talk by focusing on several specific and little known technologies that deserve further research and development. These include solar air systems, wireless transmission of electricity, and John Keely's Dynasphere which was invented in Philadelphia.
Everyone involved agreed that the first Tesla Celebration was successful. Many factors contributed to the success, including a number of dedicated volunteers, lots of networking throughout the East Coast, and special characteristics of Philadelphia as a city. Further annual conferences and monthly meetings are being planned. Cooperation between members of this group and other Tesla groups worldwide will be encouraged. Information can be found at:
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The Nikola Tesla Inventor's Club was founded in 2004 and has the following mission statement: "The mission of the Nikola Tesla Inventors' Club is to bring awareness of Nikola Tesla's innovations to the greater public. At this critical juncture of transition in human history, we recognize a moral imperative to initiate the development of new energy technologies that Tesla envisioned for the world. Through this event, we will bring together and inspire like-minded innovators and enthusiasts to advance Tesla's legacy as the father of free energy and communications, and help bring his vision for these technologies to fruition for the betterment of humanity."
Michael Riversong, Founder, Tesla Academy