How FDR Got His Tape Recorder


According to this same letter, RCA had promised to lend one of the Indianapolis machines to the University of Chicago. Mr. Kiel believes that this particular Reporter was subsequently used by the scientists who were at work there on the early stages of the development of the atomic bomb.

Many years ago Mr. Kiel had a prototype of his Reporter in his home, but when he and his wife retired to Florida in 1959 they did not take it with them. “Now I wish I had,” Mr. Kiel says, “because I could show you just how those recordings were made.” Today probably all the machines are gone: like the one at the White House, the other seven may have been dismantled. If a Kiel Reporter has somehow escaped destruction, AMERICAN HERITAGE and I—to name only two of the interested parties—would certainly like to hear about it!