This Sunday, June 28, on the Smithsonian Channel’s program, My Million Dollar Invention, the history of the alarm industry will be covered from Edwin Holmes onward. “It should prove to be very interesting,” said Stanley Oppenheim, president of New York-based DGA Security Systems, who advises anyone interested in watching the piece to check their local listings for the viewing time.
My Million Dollar Invention: EPISODE 3, “Criminal Riches” is described on the program’s website: “How did one man's invention to save soldiers’ lives set off an American crime wave? Which common household appliance first existed as a flattened chicken bone adorned with animal hair? And what's the connection between burglar alarms and the literary team of Holmes and Watson? We explore the origins of four inventions with criminal ties: the Tommy Gun, the home alarm, cash registers, and the toothbrush meet the brilliant minds willing to do anything to bring their innovations to the world.”