Modern Day History

The USA has been around for a little more than a mere two centuries. Admittedly, there isn’t much history to be had in such a short span of time, at least relative to Old World countries in Europe or the empires in the East which have millennia of history.

But none-the-less, in these two-plus centuries, I’d like to think we’ve made a name for ourselves, particularly in the fronts of industrial and technical innovation and engineering.

The light bulb, controlled nuclear reactions, mass produced automobiles, microwave ovens, the telephone, and the cell phone to name a few, are all innovations that came out of the US. These are historical advances in the course of mankind that will have a lasting impact for decades to come.

Should we not, then, protect the sites where such innovations originated? Then  should we not place a value on these sites as a sort of historical monument to ingenuity and weave them into the fabric of our history?  These are our Colosseums, our Leaning Towers, our Pyramids; these are historical monuments at  their birth.  Protecting these sites is the logical thing to do as, indeed, the history of the US is one of industrial and technical achievement.

So it is quite sad to find out that the legendary Bell Labs Holmdel facility (right in my backyard) is going to be razed for a new office complex.

If such a legendary landmark is razed for new office complexes, it would be quite a shame as it has indeed generated an enormous wealth of technologies and innovations in the 5 or so decades it was in operation.

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2 Responses

  1. jf.sellsius says:

    Did you attend the town meeting? Very curious to know the consensus of the resdients, if any.

  2. Chuck says:

    Sorry, "in my backyard" is relative šŸ™‚

    I live in East Brunswick, but all of Jersey is my back yard.

    I hope that they can come up with some sort of resolution to this that keeps at least part of the complex intact. Hard to say now that the land is in the hands of private developers.

    It really is sad that we are in such a rush these days to tear down old buildings without regards to their significance. Why not retool it as a science, engineering, and communications museum?