Mary Steinbauer, editor of this special "Life" issue, stated: "In
making our selections we looked at how our lives would be different if each of
our honorees didn't live." Glaringly absent from the list is the name
Nikola Tesla - and I can't imagine how different our lives would be had Mr.
Tesla not lived. Although born in another country, he obtained his American
citizenship and shared the benefits of his extraordinary inventions with not
just America, but with the world. He was a strident Humanitarian, and wanted to
"give electricity to the world" - literally. Nikola Tesla was a true
genius and the "Father of Electricity." This magnificent inventor
possessed an overwhelming dedication to electricity - he invented alternating
electricity (AC) and the AC motor, in addition to about 500 US patents related
to electricity. When I first thumbed through this Life issue; anxious to see
their dedication to Nikola and not finding it; to say that I was shocked,
stunned and astonished is an understatement. Why was he forgotten?