Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Microwave That Changed Everything

Steve Landwehr reports from the Gloucester Daily Times:

The microwave oven may be the only technological advancement in cooking since the invention of the electric refrigerator.

Stoves and ranges? Modern variants of the caveman’s fire pit. Electric mixers? Motorized versions of the stick early man used to stir the pot. But what the microwave did for popcorn and dinner-in-a-tray is what the assembly line did for manufacturing—it changed everything.

Gordon College was recently given the archives of longtime trustee Tom Phillips, the former Raytheon CEO and president who spent 42 years with the company, where microwave technology was developed in the late 1940s.

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