It was the infancy of radio.
On January 21, 1930, Britain’s King Edward V was to declare open the great Naval Disarmament Conference in the Royal Gallery in the House of Lords. His Majesty’s speech was to be broadcasted to all parts of the world.
According to the Daily Sentinel, in Rome, NY, just a few minutes before the King began his address, somebody in the control room at CBS tripped over the wires to the generator that energized the entire network.
For eight seconds, there was nothing but silence.
No static. No feedback. No King.
Just dead air.
Then suddenly, as if someone in control room flipped a switch, the King’s message was miraculously restored.
When it was over, it was discovered and later reported, that a young radio engineer grasped the wires together in his hands to restore the current through his body.
According to the Daily Sentinel, his arms twitching with electrical shock, Harold Vivian literally spiced with his body a broken link in the vast hook up and made it possible for the 59 North American stations to hear (the) King…
Vivian held on, for 20 minutes, as the King’s message transmitted through him — never letting go, never losing hope, never surrendering faith — until the new wires could be connected.
King’s Speech Heard Through the Body of Young Radio Expert, the headlines proclaimed.
Though his deed was legendary, it appears, from my Google search, that if it was not for author Donald McCullough, Harold Vivian, the man, may have been forgotten in time. In fact, many sources has the young control operator’s name as Harold Vidian.
Most of the lit on Harold Vivian, from my Google search, reflected on the same message: Today, the line between God, our Heavenly King, and the world appears to be broken — and must be restored!
Just took around, our nation appears to be at a tipping point. Even so, our lives are sadly less impacted by chaos than most of the world around us.
So, to fix the immediate problem, we need to be a conduit between God and the world. We need to let God’s voice be heard through our us.
We ALL need to be more like Harold Vivian.
James Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.
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