The case can be made that by the late 1800s George Westinghouse was America's greatest living engineer. He had 361 patents issued to him during his lifetime. His skills as a business manager are sometimes overlooked. It took considerable managerial skill to organize and run companies in many different countries at a time when transportation was limited to trains and ships. From early childhood he loved all things mechanical. As a young boy, he made a working model water wheel. Westinghouse is legendary for the good personal rapport he maintained with his workers. In 1935, Westinghouse Electric wrote to older retirees from the Westinghouse companies and even from the railroads, asking them to write back with personal remembrances of George Westinghouse. George Westinghouse was honored in many ways during his lifetime. Another telling honor came to him years after he died, and it attests to his managerial rather than to his engineering talents.