Who are the hidden heroes in the story of your life?
Karl Benz was the genius visionary behind the development of the internal combustion engine. But Karl was going nowhere in the early 1870’s because he was stuck with an unreliable business partner.
Enter the beautiful and wealthy Bertha Ringer who saw genius, and found love in Benz. Not only did she marry Karl Benz, but she bought out the failing partner and blew new enthusiasm into his creative sails.
Karl’s first car, the Model I, would run and move, but was a challenge to control. The car crashed during one of Benz’ first public demonstration runs. By the time Karl had developed the Model III he had worked out many of the kinks. It looked to be a truly drivable car but Karl lacked faith and balked at staging new public trials.
It was Bertha who, at dawn on August 5, 1888, instructed her teenage sons to help her push the Model III out away from the house before setting out on a 65+ mile jaunt to visit with her mother in Pforzheim. On perhaps history’s 1st automotive joyride, Bertha left a note for her still slumbering husband.
Along the way Bertha used a hat-pin to clear a clogged fuel line, recruited a blacksmith to repair a broken drive-chain, and talked a cobbler into lining the wooden-block brake shoes with leather strips to enhance their effectiveness on the steep hills she encountered.
Many would have opted for the train on the return trip home, but Bertha fired up the Model III. In the end, her stubborn faith in Karl’s ingenuity provided the exact test the car needed and absolutely priceless successful publicity. By spring of 1889 the Model III was introduced to the planet at the Paris World’s Fair.
Today, 130 years after Bertha’s joyride, Karl’s company thrives as a continued world standard for ingenuity, quality and safety.
It may be my name on the wall at the dental office, but my wife and the women who make up my dental family are my hidden heroes. Who’s got your back?
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