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“The Right Idea but the Wrong Time”

The success of an idea often hinges critically on its timing.

The US Congress passed Obamacare in 2010 while the Clintons failed to get even the idea of a national health care plan off the ground in the 1990s. Eastman Kodak, inventor of the digital camera, lost its hold on the national imaging market, failing to understand consumers the way founder George Eastman did with the Brownie a century earlier.

Apple's Lisa and Ford's Edsel represent high quality goods produced at a time when the economy was not ready to accept them. Buggy whips, serial radio dramas, pagers, and Palm Pilots litter the historical landscape alongside the detritus of other ventures washed away by the tide of history.

Starting in the tiny village of Scottsville, New York, is a trail of remnants of one of those ventures - the Genesee Valley Canal. Abandoned stone locks collect rain water in stagnant pools and stand in mute witness to the impact of poor timing.

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“The Art of Programming”

This proposal comprises a first-iteration outline of a sequence of thirty-nine episodes in the public television educational series, “The Art of Programming” (working title), using the Java programming language.

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“Dune Rider!”

The “Dune Rider!” series uses the design, construction, and flight-testing of a beyond-the-state-of-the-art all-electric on- and off-road recreational automobile with spirited performance as a vehicle for encouraging young women to consider engineering as a career.

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“To the Junction and Back — The Life & Times of the Arcade & Attica Railroad”

It is believed that the Arcade & Attica is the nation's oldest railroad still operating in its original form. That it has survived at all warrants admiration. How does this anachronism remain viable? Can it do so for another century?

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