E.W. Rice, General Manager of General Electric recalls meeting Steinmetz.
“I shall never forget our first meeting at Eickemeyers workshop in Yonkers. I was startled and somewhat disappointed by the strange site of a small, frail body surmounted by a large head, with long hair hanging to the shoulders, clothed in an old cardigan jacket, cigar in mouth sitting cross-legged on a laboratory work table. My disappointment was but momentary and disappeared completely the moment he began to talk. I instantly felt the strange power of his piercing, but kindly eyes, and as he continued, his enthusiasm, his earnestness, his clear conceptions and marvelous grasp of engineering problems convinced me that we had made a great find.”