A deaf man who recorded sound? A school dropout who unraveled the mysteries of electricity? Thomas Alva Edison, with more than a thousand patents to his name, was understandably revered for his ingenuity. Shortly before his death, a reporter asked Edison what it was that made a person a genius. Edison hesitated for a moment before replying with his now-famous maxim: "Genius is one percent inspiration -- and ninety-nine percent perspiration."
[In 1894, Edison filmed a boxing match between Jack Cushing and Mike Leonard at his laboratory complex in West Orange, New Jersey. This historic occasion marked the first time any sport had ever been filmed. (These early films revealed incredible still shots -- as well as insights into the physics of sport.)]