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29,000 Contributions Make Nikola Tesla Smile

Posted September 4, 2012

The overwhelming fundraising success of Matthew Inman’s (TheOatmeal.com) IndieGoGo campaign has caught many by surprise, including us. We are truly humbled by the outpouring of support and generosity. With now 29,000 contributions from over one hundred countries, the effort to save Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab has become a mission of Planet Earth. Nikola Tesla could not have been more pleased.

The campaign also generated a flood of feedback for our mission. Thank you for your caring and dedication! We value your suggestions, and we are listening. We are taking action right away where we can, and we funnel other ideas into our planning process.

As you can imagine, we are working feverishly on many fronts. Our most urgent business has been to respond to as many requests for news interviews as our tight schedule would allow. By now, many US and international newspapers and news organizations have reported on both the fundraising campaign and on its mission to build Tesla’s Wardenclyffe lab as a regional science center and museum. As it turned out, the media had an urgent need for authentic photos from the site in Shoreham, NY, so we set up a small collection of high-resolution images for use by the media.

On another front, we want to ensure that we provide up-to-date information. We post regular Facebook updates, which go to Twitter and appear on our website. In parallel, we have reorganized some parts of our website, in particular the links to the many recent news articles. Please take a look. Further improvements, such as better ordering by date, are in progress.

We also keep a close watch on our website and its performance and integrity. We built a respectable site, but as you can imagine, the tsunami of site hits during the launch of the campaign tested its limits. And when the campaign got on Slashdot.com, the site simply refused to serve each and every client for a short while. However, overall, our website stood up well. We’d like to express our particular thanks to our trusted volunteer admins, to our web host, and to several Google engineers (you all know who you are). Due to your help and diligence our website emerged from this experience stronger than before.

Finally, even as the campaign is still in progress, we are busy getting ready preparing for the ultimate goal, the acquisition of the Wardenclyffe property. We sincerely thank the tens of thousands of contributors throughout the world for their generosity and support. You have made the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe the stewards of this worthy enterprise, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We welcome your ongoing support and help.

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