Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Tesla, and conflict with Thomas Edison.



LENGTH:  112 Minutes
MSRP: $24.95
CATALOG #: 20408
UPC #: 6-4603204089-0
ISBN #: 1-56839-358-x
PRODUCER: Inecom Entertainment Company
TECHNICAL NOTES: 16 x 9 Anamorphic Widescreen, NTSC, Enhanced for 16 x 9 TV, Dolby® Digital 2.0 Stereo, Color and Black & White Footage, Closed-Captioned (CC)

In addition to being available as a DVD for home-use only, this title is available to colleges, universities, non-profit institutions and community groups with both Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licenses (DSL). For PPR and DSL ordering information, click here.


George Westinghouse is considered America’s greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison, and win.

His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man who Andrew Carnegie called, “A genius who can’t be downed.”

Westinghouse may be most famous for the massive companies that he created, but the man called “Uncle George” was a reserved creative giant who went out of his way to treat his workforce with dignity and respect. He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons, an optimist in the days of skeptics, and a generous CEO from whom today’s executives can learn.

Narrated by Emmy award winner Carol Lee Espy, a TV/radio host for KDKA Radio, which was the first commercial radio station in the country. Originally owned by Westinghouse until the company’s merger with CBS in 1996, the station made history by airing their first broadcast from the Westinghouse Building in East Pittsburgh in 1920. Carol is also a singer, songwriter, and producer whose voice can be heard on national PBS productions. In 2001 she helped to launch “On Q”, a news magazine at WQED Multimedia in Pittsburgh, and became the voice of WQED. Since then Espy has won two Mid-Atlantic Emmys for her writing and producing and seven nominations for writing/producing and music composition.�

Film includes on-screen interviews with the following:
• Edward J. Reis, Executive Director, George Westinghouse Museum (1998 – 2007)
• William H. Terbo, Grandnephew of  Nikola Tesla and Executive Secretary of the Tesla Memorial Society, Inc.
• Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., PhD, Author of George Westinghouse: Gentle Genius

► Outtakes, Interviews and Unused Footage from Westinghouse
- William H. Terbo Discusses Nikola Tesla
- The Westinghouse Time Capsule
- Type-V Disconnecting Switches
► Commentary track with writer/director Mark Bussler and Edward J. Reis, Executive Director of the George Westinghouse Museum (1998-2007)
► Trailers of other Janson Media DVDs


“The name of inventor and industrialist George Westinghouse (1846-1914) is familiar to most, thanks to the household appliances that bear his name, but much less is known about the man’s remarkable legacy of innovation and beneficent corporate management. A modest bear of a man, Westinghouse was one of the few American industrialists powerful enough to challenge and ultimately defeat Thomas Edison in “the battle of the currents,” resulting in the systems of electrical generation and distribution that continue to this day. Westinghouse’s story is engagingly told in this fascinating feature-length, hi-def shot documentary chronicling his rollercoaster career of unprecedented triumphs and near-tragic losses. In addition to focusing on Westinghouse’s creative partnership with pioneering scientist-inventor Nikola Tesla, Westinghouse restores its subject’s status as an inventor whose achievements matched and sometimes exceeded Edison’s. To some viewers, the glowingly positive tone here might seem like hagiography, but there’s enough objective detail to remind us of the fact that Westinghouse was truly one of the greatest American inventors. DVD extras include an audio commentary and bonus interviews. Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice. Four Stars” -Video Librarian

“George Westinghouse is one of the almost forgotten technological leaders in American history. The electrification of the United States that we take for granted today was made possible by his engineering know-how and business acumen. This very well-done biography would be a worthwhile addition to any school library.” – Harold D. Shane, Library Journal

“Offers insight into the accomplishments and legacy of a creative giant who changed the face of industry.” – Candace Smith, Booklist

“You can be sure – to coin a phrase – that if a documentary has a title like this, it’s about the history of the corporation that became famous for appliances and light bulbs. Even more, it’s the story of company patriarch George Westinghouse, who conducted business with a rigid set of principles that helped him triumph over rival Thomas Edison and benefited his work force.” – Jay Bobbin, Tribune Media Services

“Westinghouse partnered with Nikola Tesla to best Thomas Edison in the Battle of the Electrical Currents (AC vs. DC) and changed the way America plugged in.” – American History

“A few years ago I recommended a well-crafted documentary on the 1893 World’s Fair, produced by a company named Inecom. Their latest documentary arrived last month and the quality is just as high. Fascinating.” – Steve Ramm, In The Groove

“A thorough and enlightening biography of one of the cornerstone figures of the electrical age.” – John Latchem, Home Media Magazine

“This unusually absorbing documentary is a must-see.” – Ed Hulse, Video Business

“I bought a copy of the Westinghouse DVD and must say it is a remarkably educational and entertaining look at the life of a very great man and the many important inventions he brought to us. Any engineer, and anyone interested in electricity, railroads, or industrial history should have a copy.” – James L. (Jim) Hanna, Vice President of Engineering, Tran-Tec Corporation

“Makes use of numerous historical photographs, as well as a good deal of fascinating historical footage.” – IEEE newsletter

“The interview with William H. Terbo, Grandnephew of Nikola Tesla and Executive Secretary of the Tesla Memorial Society, Inc., will be of great interest to inventors. I encourage you to view this great video and find out more about the collaboration of George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla.” – Jack Smith, President, Inventors’ Network (Minneapolis/St.Paul)

“A fascinating new documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse that shines new light on his amazing legacy.” – Joe Pramberger, Tech Briefs

“Westinghouse will be the second video program we have offered. The DVD was picked up because of George Westinghouse’s importance to the history of the ASME and to the mechanical engineering profession.” – Mary Grace Stefanchik, ASME Press

“Westinghouse’s winning the Battle of the Currents against Edison changed the way the world lives.” – Harry Hutchinson, Mechanical Engineering

“Long before Google vs. Yahoo! and Bill Gates against Steve Jobs, two titans of the Industrial Age duked it out on the global stage. That war between industrialist George Westinghouse and famed inventor Thomas Edison is chronicled in Westinghouse.” – Inventors Digest

“4 out of 5 stars. Compelling.” – Patrick Cloonan, McKeesport Daily News

“A documentary on the profoundly fruitful life of inventor George Westinghouse is long overdue and especially appropriate in this year when Pittsburgh marks its 250th anniversary. You will come away breathless at what one smart man achieved in his lifetime. Every middle school and high school student in America should see it.” – Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Shows a winning blend of education and nostalgia that ultimately succeeds because it reminds us that a corporate president can find success without placing profit margins above treating his employees well.” – Paul Knoll, Metro Times

“Most people know the Westinghouse name. But few know the man behind it — George Westinghouse. Mark Bussler is about to change that.” – Zandy Dudiak, Gateway Newspapers

“The movie is well put together with narrator Carol Lee Espy weaving a smooth path between vintage photos and extensive interview clips.” – Paul Lane, Niagara Gazette

“Sheds light on how inventor George Westinghouse changed the way we live our lives.” – Jake Ploeger, WTAE-TV

“When my copy of Westinghouse arrived last night and I watched it, tears came to my eyes. Four stars, two thumbs up, best movie I’ve seen in many years!” – Donald R. Kanner, Physics Teacher, Lane Technical High School, Chicago

“This feature length documentary is an enjoyable watch that spans the life, times and accomplishments of George Westinghouse. The pictures and film clips are excellent in this high-definition film. Recommended.” – Veronica Maher, Educational Media Reviews Online

“You need not be an octogenarian authority on warehouse palletization to enjoy this documentary that profiles America’s most prolific inventor and industrialist who was gifted with good business sense and a generous heart. It is accessibly crafted to hold general interest for anyone.” – C. Ebeling, Review on Amazon.com

“Westinghouse will satisfy anyone wanting to learn about the life of George Westinghouse—and does the job well enough to pique your interest even if you’re not. The facts of Westinghouse’s life speak for themselves, and the documentary wisely lets them, backing up the biography with vintage photos and film footage.” – Appellate Judge James A. Stewart, DVDVerdict.com

“An informative and entertaining film about the man and the companies he created, simply entitled Westinghouse. Recommended.” – John Sinnott, DVDTalk.com

“Using archive photos from the Westinghouse Museum, classic films of the 1939 World’s Fair, and interviews with experts on the subject of Westinghouse, Tesla and Edison, all sewn together with the excellent narration of Carol Lee Espy, Westinghouse is a history lesson and an inspiration. Director Mark Bussler is quickly becoming a master of his craft, and I can’t wait to see what he will bring us next.” – Eric Renshaw, CurledUpDVD.com

“I’m pleased that Bussler, as in all his excellent documentaries, packs this one with intriguing rare footage and photographs. By combining everything above with TV/radio host Carol Lee Espy’s elegant narration, Westinghouse turns out to be a film even “Uncle George” would be proud of.” – Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalkReviews.com

“Without George Westinghouse, our world would not be as good, safe or innovative as it is today. Bussler’s Westinghouse is an extravagant tribute to a truly great man whose time for rediscovery is long overdue. Don’t miss it!” – Nicholas Sheffo, FulvueDrive-in.com

“A well documented cinematic portrait of George Westinghouse. I was impressed by the way filmmaker/director Bussler guided me through the chronology of the 19th and 20th century with Westinghouse’s inventions. Excellent work.” – Gerald Wright, RottenTomatoes.com

“Long revered for his unique vision and bold willingness to take on such a formidable figure as Thomas Edison, American industrialist George Westinghouse won the Battle of the Currents and created what many consider to be one of the most important inventions in human history – the air brake. The film’s exclusive interviews offer unparalleled insight into the life of the revered innovator.” – Jason Buchanan, Allmovie.com�

Key Dates in the Film

  • October 6, 1846    George Westinghouse was born in Central Bridge, New York
  • 1861        Westinghouse enlists in Union army
  • 1865        Westinghouse received his first patent for a rotary steam engine. That same year he invented a device for replacing derailed freight cars on their tracks
  • 1869        Westinghouse patents air brake, revolutionizing railroad safety; founds Westinghouse Air Brake Company
  • 1871        Westinghouse gave his employees a half day off on Saturday, the first step toward a five-day work week.
  • 1872        Automatic air brake invented.
  • 1881        Westinghouse perfects the first automatic electric block signal and founds Union Switch and Signal Company
  • 1886        Westinghouse Electric Company founded
  • 1888        Nikola Tesla receives a patent for the first alternating-current electric motor
  • 1893        Westinghouse illuminates Chicago World’s Fair with 250,000 electric lights
  • 1908        Westinghouse began a pension fund for workers
  • 1913        Paid vacations initiated for Westinghouse employees
  • March 12, 1914    George Westinghouse dies


Edward J. Reis, Executive Director of the George Westinghouse Museum
Edward J. Reis worked at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation for 25 years. During that time he became an ardent Westinghouse memorabilia collector and researcher of its founder, George Westinghouse. Reis became Executive Director of the George Westinghouse Museum in 1998 and continues to spread the history of Mr. Westinghouse through lectures, documentary interviews and events today.�

Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., PhD, Author of George Westinghouse: Gentle Genius
Dr. Skrabec is an international expert in operations management, manufacturing, and globalization. His PhD is in Manufacturing Management from the University of Toledo. He holds a BS and Masters in engineering from the University of Michigan and Ohio State as well as a BS and MS in business from Robert Morris University. He won the USA Today National Quality Cup in 1993 for team development. In 1995 he was named Automotive Executive of the Year and holds several patents in manufacturing and materials processing. Dr. Skrabec specializes in writing books and biographies on American industrial leadership. He recently published the first biography of glassmaker Michael Owens, George Westinghouse, William McKinley, and is presently researching the life of Edward Libbey. He has published 14 books and over eighty articles in management, business, Fair trade, and globalization.�

James F. Sutherland, Former Executive Director and Docent Coordinator of the George Westinghouse Museum
Jim Sutherland retired from Westinghouse Electric in 1993, after 38 years of service including four years of military leave in the USAF. As a Fellow Engineer, he designed and developed process control computer system hardware. His work, which he refers to as a “hobby that I got paid for,” resulted in 25 U.S. patents being issued to him and assigned to Westinghouse. In 1965, ten years before Intel introduced their first 4004 microprocessor, Jim designed, built and programmed ECHO-IV, the first digital home computer. He and his wife Ruth, were invited to speak to numerous groups across the country and tell how a computer can relieve the homemaker from drudgery. In 1984 the ECHO-IV was donated to The Computer Museum in Boston, Massachusetts and later moved to the Computer History Center in Mountain View, California along with other historical artifacts. Jim grew up on a Missouri farm and in 1955, graduated from the University of Missouri with a BSEE. He first learned of Westinghouse through a 4-H Club’s Better Methods of Electric Contest in which he won national recognition and a college scholarship from Westinghouse. The model farm which he built as a 15-year old high school student is now on exhibit at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame Museum in Bonner Springs, Kansas. The model was designed to demonstrate to farm groups how to use electricity more efficiently. A broad interest in many hobbies has kept Jim occupied since retirement. He and his wife Ruth have traveled to 60 countries and all seven continents.  He reads history, does woodworking and uses his home computer to organize family genealogy files. He has written three books that continue to serve as a resource for researchers of family genealogy and he also collects old battery-operated Westinghouse radios. As the Docent Coordinator at the George Westinghouse Museum, Jim managed recruiting, training and retention of volunteer docents for the museum. He created and taught the G WHISS, (George Westinghouse Honors Institute Saturday Series) Electricity course at the George Westinghouse Museum. He served for ten years on the Executive Board of Directors of the George Westinghouse Museum Foundation. Jim and his wife live near Pittsburgh. They have three children and seven grandchildren.�

William H. Terbo, Executive Secretary, Tesla Memorial Society, Inc.
William H. Terbo is the closest living relative of Nikola Tesla and a Founding Director, Chairman of the Executive Board and, since 1998, Executive Secretary of the Tesla Memorial Society, Inc. The Society, founded in 1979 and incorporated in 1980, is the oldest U.S. based international organization in continuous operation honoring and perpetuating the memory and ideals of the great electrical scientist and inventor, Nikola Tesla. The Society fulfills its mission in a manner of serious scholarship and dedication. The Executive Board is comprised of persons who have made important accomplishments in areas of Tesla technology and history. The Society cooperates with a very limited number of other organizations that promote a respectful appreciation of the man and his accomplishments in a manner compatible with the mission of the Society. These organizations include the Mid-America Science Museum (an affiliate of the Smithsonian) and the Power Engineering Society of the IEEE (who offer an annual Nikola Tesla Award in recognition of outstanding performance in the field in which Tesla is an icon.) The Society also sponsors certain projects that support important elements of its mission and that do not compromise its ethical standards. Among the projects receiving Society sponsorship have been The Tesla Collection (a resource of 4,500 pages of features and articles about or by Tesla that appeared in the technical and/or popular media from 1885 to 1920), Tesla, Master Of Lightning (the PBS video biography and companion book) and Nikola Tesla: The European Years (the 2004 biography.) Being the closest living relative of Tesla has afforded Mr. Terbo two distinct advantages in efforts to reestablish Tesla’s significance in the creation of the modern technological world. First, Mr. Terbo is called upon in the name of the family to accept honors accorded to Tesla or otherwise honoring Tesla. This provides preferential access to people and organizations not normally accorded to others. Second, the media coverage of these events brings notice of the reputation and research potential of the Society. This generates requests from reporters, writers and video documentarians for information, assistance and/or participation in their efforts. This allows the Society the opportunity to guide the creation of new material and to correct some of the misinformation about Tesla that has taken on the standing of fact due to years of repetition in documents that have exercised less care in scholarship. Among the more notable events honoring Nikola Tesla at which Mr. Terbo represented the family were: Tesla’s induction into The National Inventors Hall Of Fame, the observance of Tesla’s 125th Birthday, the issuance of the Tesla Commemorative U.S. Postage Stamp and the reception for the PBS documentary Tesla, Master of Lightning. The 1975 Inventors Hall Of Fame induction of Nikola Tesla was repeated in 1976 at Independence (Congress) Hall in Philadelphia as a part of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration. The 125th Tesla Anniversary celebration in 1981 was held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington and was hosted by the U.S. Congress and the IEEE. The 1983 Commemorative Stamp was presented at the U.S. Commerce Department’s Patent and Trademark Office in Washington and was followed by a symposium The Inventor’s Environment at the Smithsonian Institution. The reception and preview showing for the PBS TV Network 90-minute Tesla biography was also held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington. Mr. Terbo was pleased to speak once again at the National Academy. Mr. Terbo’s grandmother, Angelina, was Tesla’s eldest sister and his father Nicholas J. Trbojevich (Tesla’s nephew and 30 years his junior) was a world-known research engineer, mathematician and inventor. Mr. Trbojevich held about 150 U.S. and foreign patents, including the basic patent for the Hypoid gear, found in the great majority of the world’s automobiles since 1930. Mr. Trbojevich was the only other member of the extended family who was technically educated and the only family member to join Tesla in America (in 1914.) The Tesla family tree is a sparse one. Tesla never married. (As he often said, marriage and discovery are both full time jobs.) Tesla’s three sisters had a total of ten children. Those ten had a total of only five children. Of that five only a cousin, Jovan Trboyevic of Chicago, and Mr. Terbo are living today. Mr. Terbo was born in 1930 in Detroit, where his father’s seminal work in gear design was most utilized. With such a history in science and engineering, his higher education was simply a matter of “what engineering school to attend” rather than “what profession to follow.” After graduating from Purdue University, Mr. Terbo spent a number of years in the missile and space industry in Los Angeles, co-founding businesses in solid-state electronics and cryogenics. Since 1973, and until his retirement in 1990, Mr. Terbo had been associated with the development of data oriented services for international telecommunications carriers. Mr. Terbo speaks regularly on the personality, ideals and accomplishments of Nikola Tesla. In the past 30 years he has given more than 150 interviews, spoken to at least 100 symposia, conferences or other events and made on camera (and/or voice-over) appearances in about 20 video documentaries for domestic and international network television. He has a personal archive of approximately 10,000 Tesla-related items. Mr. Terbo actively supports activities that honor the memory of his famous relatives.�

David J. Cope, World’s Fair Historian
David Cope has spent twenty years researching and teaching about the 1893 and 1939 World’s Fairs and served as Historian for EXPO – Magic of the White City, the 2005 Inecom Entertainment Company documentary about the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. Cope also contributed to a PBS documentary about the 19th century that featured a segment about the Columbian Exposition and authored an on-line lesson plan for PBS about African Americans at the 1893 and 1939 World’s Fairs. He was a presenter at Chautauqua Institution during the 2008 Season and will serve as a presenter on the Swedish presence at the 1893 and 1939 World’s Fairs at the Jamestown Scandinavian Festival in the Summer of 2008. Current projects include research and writing the script for a film about the view of the future at the 1939 World’s Fair in light of the approaching World War. He is also currently finishing a book on Frederick Douglass at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.�