Author and journalist, John Gertner, will address the Summit Old Guard on the many innovations made by Bell Labs at December 4 meeting. The presentation at the New Providence Municipal Center is entitled “The Idea Factory: Bell Labs & The Great Age of American Innovation”. The history and achievements of the Bell Labs organization will be discussed and how the recent book came to be written. Some of the book’s main characters will be presented along with an in-depth exploration of the several key discoveries that came out of the Bell Labs such as the transistor and solar cells.
John Gertner is Editor-at-Large at Fast Company magazine, where he writes and edits features on innovation and technology. He worked at the New York Times Magazine from 2004 to 2011. He is a graduate of Cornell University.
All area 50-plus active men are invited to attend meetings of the Summit Area Old Guard on Tuesday mornings at the New Providence Municipal Center at 360 Elkwood Avenue. A coffee hour starts at 9:15 that is followed by a 10 AM short business meeting. Old Guard members participate in sports, bridge, hikes, trips, plays, concerts and cultural events. Call Ralph Ortega at 908-244-4384 for more information or log on to the website: www.summitoldguard.homestead.com.