Robert Bedwell (1883 - 1975)

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Houston, Harris County, Texas

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1883 - In the year that Robert Bedwell was born, on February 28th, in Boston MA, the first vaudeville theater was opened by Benjamin Franklin Keith.

1888 - He was just 5 years old when on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

1889 - When he was merely 6 years old, on March 31st, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated. Because the elevators were not yet in operation, officials had to climb to the top of the tower - it took an hour. On May 15th, the Tower opened to the public - still without working elevators - but around 30,000 visitors still made the climb. The elevators went into operation on the 26th. The Tower wasn't considered aesthetically pleasing at the time but is now one of the most iconic structures in the world.

1923 - Robert was 40 years old when on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

1975 - In the year of Robert Bedwell's passing, in January, Popular Mechanics featured the Altair 8800 on it's cover. The Altair home computer kit allowed consumers to build and program their own personal computers. Thousands were sold in the first month.

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Robert Bedwell passed away in April 1975 at 91 years of age. No cause of death has been listed for Robert. He was born on December 24, 1883. We have no information about Robert's family. We know that Robert Bedwell had been residing in Houston, Harris County, Texas.

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