The original cover art for Margaret Cheney's Tesla - Man out of Time
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May 18th, 1917: Tesla Receives Edison Medal

Originally rejecting the offer of the AIEE's highest award, Tesla reconsiders and accepts after being encouraged by Bernard A. Behrend. During the introduction, Tesla disappears and is later found at the library feeding his beloved pigeons. He is persuaded to return and gives his acceptance speech.

July 4th, 1917: Wardenclyffe Tower Destroyed

Reported in the media as being suspected of being used by German spies, the tower was actually ordered to be destroyed to cover debts incurred by Tesla at the Waldorf Astoria where he lived for almost 20 years.

July 21st, 1917: Tesla Moves To Chicago

Tesla contracts with Pyle National on the perfection of his turbines. He moves into the Blackstone Hotel where he stays for the next 16 months.

August, 1917: Tesla Envisions Radar

In the August 1917 edition of "Electrical Experimenter" magazine, Tesla stated, "For instance, by their (standing electromagnetic waves) use we may produce at will, from a sending station, an electrical effect in any particular region of the globe; (with which) we may determine the relative position or course of a moving object, such as a vessel at sea, the distance traversed by the same, or its speed."

The initial Wardenclyffe demolition was only partially successful.
The initial Wardenclyffe demolition was only partially successful.
The initial Wardenclyffe demolition was only partially successful. The base of the tower after the demolition and salvage were completed. The Edison Medal. The Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. Downtown Chicago, Illinois. Downtown Chicago, Illinois. The Wardenclyffe tower after the second dynamiting. Thomas Edison and the Edison Medalists. The certificate of the Edison medal. The Wardenclyffe tower after the first demolition attempt. Downtown Chicago, Illinois. An artist's depiction of Tesla's submarine detection system. The Blackstone Hotel letterhead from same time Tesla resided there.