Late Sunday evening,
October 20th, the exhibit Antonio Meucci: Discoverer
of Telephony ended.
Following the Media
conference, held the morning of Friday, October 18th, the
doors of the Casa d'Italia were opened for the weekend to receive
visitors. Over 300 people, from 8 years of age to a few well into
their 80s, had a chance to be captivated by Meucci's life and his
genius. Some returned the next day bringing with them others with
whom to share in the new, and, for some, not so new, information. It
was an exiting time, filled with questions, doubts and wonderment.
The static display, the computer presentation, the dynamic display of
the telettrofono models and the narration provided interaction with
the legacy left by Antonio Meucci. Throughout the event, there was
great feedback from people, francophone, Anglophone and, of course,
Friday morning was the
Medias turn to ask questions and get answers. Franco Gucciardo
provided the initial information release entitled Meucci, more than
an inventor, a discoverer. Then, the question and answer session
was linked to Dr. Basilio Catania, Eng., from Turin, who is the soul
of the current research on Meucci.
Friday afternoon was
calm at the Casa d'Italia until other activities brought the Minister
of International Trade, Pierre Pettigrew, to the Meucci exhibit.
Saturday, Quebec teachers, tourists, individuals and groups who heard
or read the information on Antonio Meucci dropped by. Sunday, the
general public came to the exhibit in greater numbers. Considering
the interest shown by the visitors and their comments, thought will be
given to making the exhibit Mobile like the telephone, thus making it
possible to bring the information into the communities.
was also the occasion to inaugurate the Antonio Meucci Centre,
a not-for-profit organization with roots across Canada, focusing on
the life of Antonio Meucci, which encourages research for truth and
endorses dissemination of related, supporting information.
Bill Brownstein of the
Montreal Gazette expressed it well in his column of October 19th
it is the beginning of a new era: the era of Truth.
With the abundance of
information available today, the truth is out there and it will be