Divine Discontent: Charles Proteus Steinmetz
This a teaser for a public television documentary on Charles Steinmetz. I’m Producing it with Bruce Carlin. Steinmetz was one of the greatest minds of the early twentieth century. He worked for GE and was considered the wizard of electricity! When you throw a light switch on, it’s largely due to him that you get power. He was a hunchback dwarf that barely made it into America. He was the one Einstein and Edison went to when they were stuck on problems, however he has been largely forgotten.
He was also an avid photographer, socialist, philosopher, and his story is quite simply amazing!
We are currently in the pre-production and fundraising stage.
I have just viewed the Charles Proteus Steinmetz (Divine. . . ) documentary on PBS. It is OUTSTANDING ! I’m 70 yrs. old; my great-uncle Lew lived on Furman St. Schenectady and I lived w/ him for 2 yrs. [1967-68] . I had read “The Man Who Tamed Lightnign” a few yrs. previous. Lew regaled me w/ tales of Steinmetz whom he knew & respected greatly. He showed me the tree that Steinmetz’s car struck…..some regarded C.P.S. as among Schenectady’s most dangerous drivers ! Uncle & I lunched @ Fredricks’ Restaurant often, and we always had “frickadillen” or bratwurst with beer, which was Lew’s routine nearly every day of his working career, a custom he shared with C.P. S. at that time !
January 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm
Mr. Fredrick, please pass on my warm regards to Bruce Carlin if you can. Your collaboration has produced an excellent presentation. The content is rich, with an impressive remuda of experts on Steinmetz’s life. The blend of photos, achival film, and “The Simpsons” clips was skillfully woven into the story. Congratulations.
January 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm
Thanks so much Bill. Our program has been nominated for a NYS Emmy award just last week! Thought you might like to hear that the story of Charles Steinmetz is being well received all around the country.
February 16, 2015 at 9:16 am