He Was An Inventor at Ten!
by Robert Hertzberg
William Dubilier now has more than 300 patents and is still active.
A SNEAK thief who had been terrorizing residents of New York’s famed lower East Side unwittingly started the son of one of his victims on a career of invention that has made the boy’s name a by-word in the world of science. Only ten years old at the time, the youth already knew how a high-voltage spark coil worked and how to hook it up. When the thief made the mistake one night of trying the family’s door knob, he screamed with pain at the first touch and found he couldn’t let go. That ended a one-man crime wave and made young Bill Dubilier the hero of the neighborhood.
TV SHOWROOM FOR INVENTIONS
WHEN Ernie Simon, pioneer Chicago announcer, was telecasting an interview program one evening, a man pulled out an invention and demonstrated it. Simon was entranced, and it occurred to him that almost everyone from housewife to businessman has a “pet idea” he’ll “do something about someday.” An offer to show inventions on the program brought an avalanche of useful and weird contrivances.
Cute article explaining why you should act on your curiosity because you never know when you’ll get rich off of it. Examples include the inventors of: saccharine, synthetic dyes, the carburetor, Kraft pasteurized cheese, mayonnaise, safety razors and my favorite: Thomas Edison’s voice activated sewing machine (top left image on the page.)
Coddle That Bump of CURIOSITY!
Don’t stifle your urge to inquire about the nature of simple things â€”you may be cutting yourself out of a million-dollar windfall.
LABORATORY assistant Constantic Fahlberg was late for his lunch so he didn’t stop to wash his hands. To his astonishment, when he ate a piece of bread it tasted sweeter than the sweetest cake he had ever eaten.
So, he questioned the waitress. No, she said, the bread was unsweetened and the butter was the ordinary unsalted variety. Then he touched his tongue to his unwashed fingers: they were many times sweeter than honey! Thinking back, he concluded that his fingers must be invisibly smeared with the crystalline compound he had been mixing just before lunch hour.
All agog with curiosity, Fahlberg hurried back to the laboratory and tasted the mixture. Sure enough, it was sweeter than sugarâ€”five hundred times sweeter! More experiments followed, and soon the medical profession had wonderful news for diabeticsâ€”saccharine!
BBC Puts Inventors On TV
INVENTIONS ARE the stars of one of the most popular television shows in Britain.
The Television Inventors’ Club of the British Broadcasting Corporation has been on the air for seven years. During this time more than 7000 inventions have been submitted to the club, of which 580 have been shown on the air. A quarter of these have caught the eyes of manufacturers and many are already in production.
The inventions range from a simple shirt stud which allows for the shrinkage of the collar, to a compressible ship’s fender which eases a 24,000-ton vessel against a dock.
A number of British inventors have hit the jackpot through the program. One of them actually did it with a better mousetrap, and the world has already beaten a path to his door to the tune of over a million sales. Years of patient observation taught the inventor that a mouse twists its head when approaching the bait and nibbles from below. His trap therefore springs when the bait is liftedâ€”not pushed down. A tidy profit was also made by the inventor of a stair elevator for invalids. A moving step, carried on rails, is drawn up the staircase by a cable and winch. More than 500 inquiries poured into the BBC when this device was shown on TV.