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May 18, 1986 | By Daniel LeDuc, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 19, 1989 | By Jean Redstone, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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August 4, 1993 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 5, 1992 | By Frank Brown, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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)
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
December 26, 2001 | By Bob Ford INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 28, 1988 | By Robert DiGiacomo, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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NEWS
July 21, 2015
P AUL GREENWALD, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, is a retired dentist and entrepreneur who recently began marketing a board game about marijuana, PasstheGrass, which he developed in 1976. It's interactive and designed to be used by people who enjoy relaxing at home with marijuana. It's available online at Amazon for $24.95 or can be downloaded via Android app on a tablet for $1.99. The game is recommended by its manufacturer for users 21 and over.   Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph M. "Doc" Braly, 92, formerly of Kennett Square, a veterinarian, pilot, and pioneer among golf club designers, died of cancer Monday, May 25, at the Veterans Home in Hollidaysburg, Pa. Born in Ponca City, Okla., Dr. Braly grew up in Huntsville, Ala. Even as a boy, he was smitten with aviation, and followed that love into the Air Force. He learned to fly and piloted different airplanes as a technical intelligence officer stationed in England and Germany, but his favorite was the P-51 Mustang, he told his family.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
The competition was for an invaluable entrepreneurial opportunity. But which of the 18 contestants would win? The double-amputee with a fledgling landscaping business? The artist with post-traumatic stress disorder launching a fine-arts clothing line? The hearing-impaired retiree with a solution for tinnitus? One by one, they stepped before the panel of 10 judges , Shark Tank -style, with five minutes to pitch their business ideas. Not that any of these men and women could be considered losers.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kate Pelcin and Kristina Griste dipped the Aqua Tweeter into water, and the flood-detection device posted to Twitter: "At least three inches of water. Is your sump pump working?" Last week, the "flood" was just a pool set up in Gavin Speirs' classroom at Downingtown High School West. But soon, Aqua Tweeters are to be set up in flood-prone Downingtown Borough, allowing people to monitor water levels in public places via Twitter. Pelcin, Griste, and classmate Andrew Kim invented the device in Speirs' Introduction to Engineering Design class.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
BRIAN LINTON, 28, proudly calls himself the founder and chief trash collector of United By Blue, his eco-friendly cafe/clothing/cool-stuff business on 2nd Street near Quarry in Old City. Linton promises that every time he sells one of his sustainable-material outdoorsy goods - a shirt, a backpack, an ax - in the store or online, he removes a pound of garbage from a body of water through company-organized cleanups. Linton said that since he founded United By Blue in 2010, he's removed 203,510 pounds of trash during 116 cleanups of vulnerable sites, including Bartram's Garden, Penn Treaty Park, the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers, and down the Shore.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
If the takeout beverage industry embraces Drexel University sophomore Patrick Bowlin's half-inch invention, his father, Thomas, stands to be a very happy man. "I was going to buy my dad a Porsche 911 for his 60th birthday," Bowlin said. "I've got two years. " Young Bowlin is off to a promising start - with an idea that started with a sip of hot chocolate in April and now seems to have a strong shot at a patent. "I couldn't find anything . . . so, keep our fingers crossed, hopefully Patrick's got something here," said Joseph E. Maenner, of Maenner & Associates L.L.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Rock-star envy is creeping into the classical world, as artists from Christopher O'Riley to the Ebene Quartet transcribe music conceived for electric pop instruments for whatever they play best - with varying success. Few have hurled themselves into this rock/classical netherworld as fearlessly as cellist Maya Beiser, whose late-night FringeArts Stage concert on Sunday encompassed Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Lou Reed with two rock-based sidemen. No question that she has the chops to make her cello a license-to-kill instrument, helped by a hybrid electric instrument she used intermittently.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Maurice Kanbar got headaches from drinking alcohol, he came up with a solution: Skyy Vodka, regular vodka minus the impurities that he said gave him headaches. He also invented the "D-Fuzz-It" sweater comb and a hypodermic needle protector to prevent health-care workers from getting pricked. But the wealthy San Francisco entrepreneur has another claim to fame: He's the godfather of Philadelphia University. He is the biggest donor in the university's history. He gave his alma mater a whopping $21 million during its current capital campaign - more than half the amount the university was aiming to raise.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Eternity, infinity, and other ultimate abstractions are described in such entrancing detail by 17th-century poet and theologian Thomas Traherne that he seems to have personally visited the afterlife's "transparent temple of infinite luster" to know what he knew. Such is the intriguing basis of The Fifth Century , a 45-minute work by British composer Gavin Bryars, premiered Saturday by Philadelphia choir the Crossing and PRISM Saxophone Quartet at Crane Arts. Ambitious and subtle, and at the same time not for everybody, The Fifth Century doesn't attempt to describe eternity's "mysterious absence of time and ages" but gives Traherne's words an ethereal showcase.
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