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"Every year a man spends in college or in graduate work puts him just that much further ahead of the fellow who starts working before he has completed his education," declared Charles Edison, a son of Thomas A. Edison, noted inventor and technical expert in an interview with a CRIMSON reporter. In his suite at the Copley-Plaza, Mr. Edison, who is president of the corporation founded by his father, discussed freely his views on education as well as the life and work of his famed progenitor.

Graduated From M. I. T.

The youthful head of one of the largest concerns in America, who graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology about 12 years ago, left Boston last night after terminating a tour of ten large cities for the purpose of announcing a new type of Edison phonograph and record. As head of the Thomas A. Edison Industries, Inc., Mr. Edison is primarily interested in the commercial end of the business rather than the strictly technical.

"M. I. T. was situated in the old buildings in Boston when I was a student," said the younger Edison in speaking of his college days. "I took a general science course and although I never was particularly interested in scientific subjects, I felt that I should have some foundation of that sort. In the first place I was never any good at technical problems, and in the second, my younger brother Theodore early showed a decided tendency to develop along the lines of my father and a desire to work in conjunction with him."

Demonstrates New Phonograph

After interrupting his comments with a demonstration of the new Edison phonograph which plays for 40 minutes at a time, Mr. Edison continued, "The radio, I believe, is more of a competitor with the newspapers, through its news and announcements, than is the phonograph. The new record is not intended primarily to meet radio competition, but to satisfy what has been called the natural laziness of the American people."

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