XEROX WORKERS TO REMEMBER…… INVENTOR

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XEROX WORKERS TO REMEMBER…… INVENTOR

 user 2006-02-09 at 9:46:00 am Views: 49
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    Xerox workers ‘recharge’ to remember inventor
    February  2006 – Chester Carlson, the inventor of xerography, would have been 100 years old today.
    To celebrate, Xerox Corp. workers worldwide are getting an extra day off. Xerox Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Anne M. Mulcahy made the announcement during a company Webcast Tuesday.Mulcahy told employees that she hoped the extra day – to be taken at mutually agreeable times for employees and their supervisors – would help employees “to celebrate the spirit of Chester Carlson’s innovation and to energize you for growing the business in 2006.”
    “Use the time to recharge your batteries,” she said.
    Carlson’s spirit also included a heaping measure of dogged persistence. It took the better part of two decades for Carlson to find a business partner willing to take a risk with him.
    The partner: the then-unknown Haloid Co. in Rochester. Haloid, later renamed Xerox, introduced the Xerox 914 in 1960, a full 22 years after Carlson and an assistant discovered xerography in a Queens apartment.
    Carlson spent the last years of his life giving away his wealth. He donated an estimated $100 million to a variety of causes nationwide and many landmarks in this community bear his name.
    Catherine Carlson, the daughter of Chester’s wife Dorris, also chairs the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust. In an interview Tuesday, she said Chester Carlson, though humble, always recognized the power of the technology he helped usher into the world. “Dorris asked him one day, ‘Did you think it would be this big?’” Catherine Carlson said. “He said ‘yes.’ He had unbelievable faith in it.”