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Elijah McCoy
Meghan, Queen's Square | February 1, 2018
Ever wonder where the phrase “the real McCoy” comes from? There are many versions of this term’s origin, with experts still debating which is most likely to be true. One of these apocryphal stories is that “the real McCoy” is a reference to the inventor, Elijah McCoy. A black Canadian from Colchester, Ontario, McCoy studied to become a mechanical engineer and created a special drip cup to lubricate factory machinery, a dangerous task that... Read More»

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