July 13, 1988 |
Dear Polly: A toothbrush is a great way to clean around the spigots on the kitchen sink. Mine are 30 some years old and still look like new because I use the toothbrush every day. - D.J. Dear D.J.: That toothbrush is the best tool for getting the area around faucets clean! - Polly Dear Polly: Here's a hint especially for mothers of little children. Spoon out jelly or jam into a jelly dish or similar container and use a fork to beat it until creamy. This doesn't take long, and the jelly will spread like a dream.
January 12, 1988 |
The women are gathered in a bathroom in the Philadelphia Electric building one evening last week. Their employer, A to Z Maintenance Corp., has engaged a "consultant" to teach them how to clean. Never mind that some of these women are grandmothers who have been cleaning bathrooms since before this guy was born. The man has the word on how to scrub behind a toilet bowl. First, you take some money - out of your own paycheck - and go buy a toothbrush and a small mirror. (That's the paycheck you use to support yourself and your kids, with the help of public assistance or a second job if you can get one. $120 a week before taxes.
March 13, 1995 |
Don Millner didn't just invent the PowerProxi toothbrush: He researched patents for it, conducted studies on it, created the injection mold to manufacture it, found an Asian maker for the electric version's handle, made an animation video to promote it at the U.S. Patent Expo and devised its slogan: The Clean Between Machine. Plus, he helps build it and sell it. He's also a dentist. And a natural businessman. In his Yardley practice, he found it as rewarding to cure patients as to find new ones.
March 29, 1993 |
Not even nostalgia for the sweet, balmy islands of his former Caribbean home can get Kevin Foley's mind off toothbrushes. Foley and his business partner, James O'Halloran, both trained as architects, gave up an idyllic, prosperous life island-hopping in the Caribbean to pursue a most unusual calling: the quest to build a better toothbrush. If their dreams come true, someday their odd-looking Radius brush will knock that twiggy stalwart - the conventional straight-handle-and-bristles combo - right out of its porcelain holder in the bathroom.
May 25, 2007 |
If you had to pick two words to describe what drives a lot of new products to the marketplace these days, green and clutter would be pretty apt choices. From the green category comes Recycline's Preserve toothbrush, made from recycled plastic yogurt containers. For a while now, Recycline and the makers of Stonyfield Farm yogurt have been working together to turn plastic containers into things like recyclable tableware and razors. They've reached the 2 million-yogurt-cup milestone and are now partnering on the special-edition toothbrush.
October 15, 1991 |
In the summer of 1982, a resourceful developer built what he thought was the answer to the San Francisco Bay area's housing-affordability problem: minicondos. Their size - 432 to 496 square feet - garnered a lot of publicity and they were a hot sell. Now developer Bill Ferdon has built what might be the Miata version of the minicondo. They're even smaller - 300 to 350 square feet of living space. That's tinier than some living rooms. The price of the 30 studio condos is, at least relatively, small, too - $79,000 to $109,000 - providing what Ferdon contends is the "ultimate" in affordable housing in one of the nation's most expensive cities.
December 13, 1986 |
We drove down to Richmond the other day, my wife and I, for a visit to our friendly family dentist. After he had finished his excavations he gave each of us a new toothbrush. This was a free gift, as they say, or a free complimentary gift. Each toothbrush came encased in a plastic shell, or what appeared to be a plastic shell. As it later would transpire, this was actually a form of transparent steel, a new product with a vast potential market. On the back of each package appeared some instructions for opening.
July 20, 1988 |
BRUSH WITH DISEASE. Incredible as it seems, some people share toothbrushes. Quit it! Even if it doesn't gross you out, you could pass along some pretty heavy-duty viruses, like oral herpes. Herpes simplex virus - which causes fever blisters, cold sores and mouth ulcers - can live up to 48 hours on a dry toothbrush and a week on a moist one, researchers say. Even solo toothbrush users should get a new one at the first sign of a fever blister. THE MELTING POT. Asian-Americans are better paid and better educated than American whites, but a report by government civil rights experts is reluctant to declare an "Asian success story" and insists that discrimination still exists.
November 28, 2011
Who: Co-owner of fancy-pants coffee roaster La Colombe, trekked across Antarctica for award-winning film (now airing on National Geographic Channel), "Race to the Bottom of the Earth. " Age: 48. From: Spokane, Wash. Where now: Gladwyne. On "Race": In December 2008 Carmichael walked unassisted 700 miles in 40-plus nautical-mile winds and 40-plus below temps to the South Pole. Took him 39 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes - a world record. Next show: In January, he begins "Coffee Hunter.