Geek Facts for October 18th – The Wizard of Menlo Park and a Transistor Radio

In 1931, U.S. inventor Thomas Edison died.

The most prolific inventor in U.S. history, he registered 1,093 U.S. patents over the course of his lifetime.

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In 1954, 
Texas Instruments (TI) announced the first transistor radio, the Regency TR-1.

The Regency TR-1 was the first commercially sold transistor radio. Designed and manufactured in the U.S., over the course of the next year it sold over 100,000 units at a price of $49.99.

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