You see Gray and Alexander Graham Bell were in a race to develop the most important invention of the century. Records show specs for Bell's phone concept arrived at the U.S. Patent Office February 14, 1876, a scant two hours before Gray's. But this is where it gets fishy. Gray's documents offered the detailed specifics that Bell's did not have. Enter Patent Office employee (and also regrettably named) Zenas Wilber. For some paltry amount, Wilber sold details of Gray's documents to Bell, and also inserted this information into Bell's patent application.
And the rest is history. Bell ended up with everything. Elisha Gray ended up being part of my blog posting.
This all brings us to today's stupid interview question, courtesy of one of my loyal readers...
"Have you ever answered a telephone?"
And don't get me started about Antonio Meucci.
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