In case you haven’t heard, there’s a fundraiser in progress and it’s for “the greatest geek who ever lived.”
That’s if you ask Matthew Inman, best known as the creator of The Oatmeal, a popular comics and quizzes Web site. Inman, a long-time Tesla enthusiast (and equally harsh critic of Thomas Edison), launched a fundraiser on the crowdfunding Web site Indiegogo to permanently protect Wardenclyffe, the site of Tesla’s final laboratory in New York, as a historic site.
The fundraiser, called “Operation Let’s Build a [expletive] Tesla Museum,” was launched to raise half of the $1.7 million needed for the nonprofit Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe to buy the land on which Tesla’s old laboratory sits. The Afga Corp. owns the 16 acres and, according to the nonprofit, had another offer from a buyer that planned to demolish what was left of the laboratory and build a commercial retail space..