Edison's love of pie is well known to Friends of the Phonograph and was captured in the 1940 movie Edison the Man.
Many people, however, don't know that Edison had a very defined philosophy about eating.
Laurie Carlson writes about Edison's eating habits in Thomas Edison for Kids - His Life and Ideas and notes the following:
The suggestion of a cup of tea for the Edison birthday menu comes from "Thomas A. Edison and his Inventions" by James Baird McClure, 1879 which describes Edison dining at Delmonico's and simply having a "piece of a pie and a cup of tea."
Find out how young Thomas Edison’s early years, as portrayed through reenactments, helped him to gain confidence as an aspiring inventor in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
Edison was also responsible for introducing "Hello" as the way to answer the phone. For more information see "Hello or Ahoy?"
For more information about Edison and his other inventions and patents, see the Wikipedia article for Thomas Alva Edison which begins:
For a complete list of Edison Companies, see the Thomas A. Edison Papers courtesy of Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences
Two Friends of the Phonograph celebrating Edison's 172nd birthday in 2019 with apple pie
Editor's Note: When you celebrate Edison's birthday each year with pie you can pay tribute to Edison's enjoyment of pie and his belief in eating small amounts by asking for what we called, when I was growing up in Nebraska, a "sliver" of pie.
And then, as was my personal habit, you can follow up 10 minutes later with the phrase "I'll take another sliver, please."
Happy Birthday Tom!