I do not know anything other than what I'm posting for a friend:
"The National Railroad Hall of Fame in Galesburg, Illinois wants to induct Andrew Jackson Beard (inventor of a certain type of rail car coupler)into the National Railroad Hall of Fame. They will have a program on June 21-23, 2013 and they're looking for a family member of Beard's to come. Would you ask your genealogy connections if anyone knows of a family member?"
If you know of a descendant of this Andrew Jackson Beard, please contact Jim Baggett ASAP.