Black GE worker left lasting legacy (New York)

Two months after the United States entered World War I, a 20-year-old college student started working as a machinist in Building 23 at General Electric Co.’s sprawling industrial campus in Schenectady.

His name was Wendell King, and by all accounts he was a whiz kid, having started one of the area’s first amateur radio stations from his North Troy home when he was just 12 years old.

While a student at Lansingburgh High School, King would dazzle local businessmen at Rotary luncheons with demonstrations of wireless radio technology, which was cutting edge at the time.

 

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