Today in the Word, January, 1998, p. 10
When the Western Union company asked the great inventor Thomas Edison to "name his price" for the ticker he had invented, Edison asked for a few days to think it over. His wife suggested $20,000, but Edison thought that was too much. When the time came for the meeting, the Western Union official asked Edison for his price. Edison wanted to say $20,000, but couldn't get the words out of his mouth. So the official broke the silence. "Well, how about $100,000?"