- Published in: Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The speed of sound is 340.29 meters per second, but it took more than 100 years for Eugenia Farrar’s voice to get back to Brooklyn.
Farrar, the first person ever to sing on the radio, in 1907, died in 1966 at the age of 93. On an October morning, her ashes were entombed at Green-Wood Cemetery.
Her final engagement came more than 100 years after her song was famously heard in the borough. On an October day in 1907 — the exact date has been forgotten — the Swedish opera singer, born Ada Eugenia von Böös, sang the then-popular parlor song “I Love You Truly” into a radio apparatus in the Midtown laboratory of Dr. Lee DeForest.