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Thomas Edison is often cited for exhibiting what we now call attention deficit disorder (ADD).
The brilliant light of Paul's meticulous research comes shining through as he objectively illuminates previously unseen aspects of Edison's life, personality, research methodology, failures and achievements.
Although he had little formal education, Tom respected educators and 'the educated'.
He wrote about having fun with nightshift telegraph operators, some of whom were MIT students with whom he boarded "who paraded their knowledge rather freely and it was my delight to go up to the second-hand book stores on Cornhill (then between Tremont and Court Streets) and study up questions which I might spring on them when I got an occasion." There are countless stories about how he'd challenge his employees especially those in the lab whom he called "muckers" with a healthy, fun, competitive spirit.
Claiming that young Tom had ADD is just as much a myth as the belief that Edison was some kind of Wizard or that he had magical powers.
He often spoke positively about overcoming his hearing loss and the benefits of his mother's teaching skills with home schooling. He paid the price and was richly rewarded for his effort to be self-taught. As an intensely enthusiastic reader he would often question or 'lab test' a theory before he'd accept what he had read. Meadowcroft, Edison's personal assistant was his right arm in business, a gatekeeper to visitors, press agent and personal confidant.