Wake County school board member Chris Malone wants you to know that he does know that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb.
Malone is taking some ribbing for saying that Albert Einstein invented the light bulb during a speech at Thursday's graduation ceremony for Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. Malone said he had jotted down some quick notes to read from and inadvertently wrote Einstein instead of Edison.
"They can have their fun and get a good chuckle from this," Malone said. "I won't worry about it."
School board members are attending this week's graduation ceremonies. Malone said he wasn't told ahead of time that he'd speak but as a precaution he jotted down some notes to use.
Malone said he was telling the seniors about the famous story in which Edison was asked about having failed 700 times to make the light bulb work. Edison responded back that he had successfully found 700 ways that it wouldn't work and that he'd keep at it until he found one that would work.
"I don't mind the ribbing I'll get," Malone said. "But the story is a good one. It's about perseverance."
Malone said one of the reasons he mixed up Einstein and Edison is that he keeps a list of famous quotations to cite from when making speeches. He said he had been thinking of using the Einstein quote below before deciding to go with the Edison story. He says he just wrote down the wrong name on the notes.
“Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.” Einstein said.
(Yes, I know there's a dispute about whether Edison did invent the light bulb.)