May 18, 1986 |
Like many great inventions, it began with a small, simple problem. It seemed that Steven Hrize just couldn't keep his mittens and gloves together - an easy feat for an 8-year-old, and one that didn't make mom very happy. "My mom would yell at me and I was always late for school, so I came up with this," Steven said, gesturing to the "glove catcher," an invention designed to enable him to hang on to his mittens. The invention is a handy rack of colorful clothespins that are attached to freshly varnished boards, which dangle by chains.
February 19, 1989 |
When Kelly Forsythe's 18-month-old cousin, Sandra, caught a cold last year, she started coughing. But the baby couldn't suck on a cough drop because she was so small she might choke. So Kelly, 12, of Gloucester Township, watched as Sandra's mother gave the baby a lollipop. From that observation came one of those ideas so simple everybody wonders why nobody had thought of it before. Kelly created a national prize-winning invention, the cough pop, a cough drop on a lollipop stick.
August 4, 1993 |
No matter what, Rusty the dog only lets guys named George with candy visit Pete and Thelma Mae Novak's little red-brick rowhouse. "That's George, Rusty. He's got candy for you," Pete Novak, 75, says to calm the growling, barrel-shaped mutt as a visitor - any visitor - enters the front door, under the faded green awning. Rusty's rotund physique would suggest that he has eaten a lot of candy, and maybe even a few guys named George. But he seems satisfied with the explanation, suddenly quits yapping and flops onto the living-room floor at Thelma Mae's feet.
December 29, 2012
Ray Collins, a singer whose dispute with one guitarist led him to hire another, Frank Zappa, with whom he would go on to form the avant-garde rock group the Mothers of Invention, died Monday in Pomona, Calif. The death of Mr. Collins, who was in his mid-70s, followed his admission to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center a week earlier for cardiac arrest, according to local news accounts. Mr. Collins entered the national spotlight with the Mothers of Invention, an outlet for Zappa's unique sense of humor and challenging, unorthodox compositions.
January 5, 1992 |
Between eating chicken parmigiana and sipping black coffee, Frank Pocius spoke with passion about his recent invention at a booth at Omer's Diner on Route 130. "If it has this kind of impact on a small scale, then imagine what it would do across the country," said Pocius, 45, of Cinnaminson. As an algebra teacher at Moorestown, Pocius has been searching for a dozen years for a better way to teach algebra. Using his hands and eyebrows to emphasize his points, Pocius described how he changed the study of algebra from a "sometimes debilitating" ordeal into a pleasurable learning process that could give students the tools to understand far more difficult subjects such as physics and calculus.
April 18, 2011
Bob Hoeveler is 80 and has bum knees. In other words, the grandfather of five has excuse enough to quit mowing his lawn. Not that that's happening. "No man that has a tractor will ever give it up," Hoeveler declared during an interview last week, his John Deere LX280 parked nearby. That tractor is not only why he still mows his acre in East Bradford, Chester County, but also why he's still working. Hoeveler has just launched a small business from his basement, peddling a product he invented that he hopes will be considered a must-have by other riding-mower devotees: A stick-on container called the Tractor Holster.
November 27, 2011
By Kirsten Kaschock Coffee House Press. 286 pp. $16. Reviewed by Alison Barker By the end of Kirsten Kaschock's debut novel Sleight , questions abound. How does she do that - create a novel like a set of Russian nesting dolls, each whimsical creation housing a new wonder? And, can someone please do the performance art she invents - called "sleight" - in the real world? Most important: Why can't more novels use fairy tale to ask big questions? In Sleight we encounter part-living, part-inanimate objects called Needs and Souls; artists who apprentice as "hands" in secluded farmhouses; a girl's imaginary friend who is her late grandfather (as a young child)
December 26, 2001 |
Lou had many good qualities, but he clearly could not shoot a basketball. This was clear, on occasion, to Lou himself, and it was definitely clear to the guys who played on the other teams. But it was clearest of all to Andrew Kirkpatrick, who would set up his playground friend for open shots only to see those shots thud on the backboard or clang noisily against the side of the rim. "He used to rag on me all the time," Lou Valente said, "and then he came around with this crazy rubber band.
March 4, 2015 |
My favorite Flexible Flyer story involves a boy's bravado, an icy hill, and a front tooth. On a snowy afternoon in 1964, as I commanded my younger brothers to watch how fast I could go, my smile collided with a crusty chunk of Massachusetts winter. Undaunted, I sledded on until dusk - a testament to the thrill of hurtling downhill atop the invention of Moorestown industrialist Samuel L. Allen. "Everybody who visits this exhibit has a story, it seems," says Joseph Galbraith, with whom I'm sharing my childhood recollections as we tour the "Flexible Flyer Sled Museum" at the Moorestown Library.
August 28, 1988 |
When Gary Shockley started cutting apart his electric guitar two years ago, he had a dream. Yearning to follow in the footsteps of rock stars such as Jon Bon Jovi and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Shockley - a guitarist who had never built anything before, let alone a musical instrument - designed and put together a new type of "double" guitar, an electric guitar grafted onto an acoustic guitar. Today, Shockley's dream is one step closer to becoming a reality. The U.S. Patent Office approved his request for a patent two weeks ago pending its finding any existing patents for the same invention.