Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a person or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.
A person in history that I felt was chronologically out of place was Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. This bright innovator revolutionized the world we see today. Living during the mid 19th to early 20th century, Thomas Edison mastered the concept of electricity through trial and error with no pre-dominant role model to compare work with. His ideas were his alone and through years of ill attempts he finally developed a system of electric-power generation and distribution. This great innovator also contributed to mass communication through his other invention of phonographs which was able to record the first telephone message. It does not end there, Edison helped record and reproduce objects in motion with what he called a “Kinetoscope,” using the Greek words “kineto” meaning “movement” and “scopos” meaning “to watch.” With this invention he built a motion picture production studio known as Edison Motion Pictures. This individual did remarkable things focusing on our senses of sight and hearing to pioneer some of the greatest innovations in history. His major works built the foundation to most of the entertainment and technology we use today. Without this great man, through his persistence and imagination we may still be back in the age of candles and primitive recorded history of only pen and paper. To this I thank you Thomas Edison for guiding us to the world we live in today with your innovations and bringing your imaginations to reality.
***Anachronism: n. 1) A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned. 2) An act of attributing a custom, event, or object to a period to which it does not belong.