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Amar Bose: He Made Music Sound Better

Posted on 07/14/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyWhether you’re a hard-core audiophile who wants the principal timpanist from the New York Philharmonic to sound as if he’s in your living room, or merely someone who likes to crank up the volume on the stereo and play air guitar to Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love,” Bose is a brand you surely recognize. The 49-year-old Massachusetts-based company is one of the most illustrious names in audio equipment, making everything from noise-cancelling headphones to the loudspeaker system in the Vatican’s …

The Man Who Gave Us ‘Twister’

Posted on 07/11/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you were a teenager at a party in the mid-1960s, and you yearned to get up close and personal with someone else, slow dancing wasn’t much of an option unless you wanted to look like a square who couldn’t do the Frug. Thank heavens, then, for Twister, the Milton Bradley party game in which participants had to contort themselves into unlikely positions by putting their hands and feet in various colored spots on a big mat, as determined randomly …

Douglas Engelbart: The Man Behind Your Mouse (And a Lot More)

Posted on 07/3/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf it weren’t for Douglas Engelbart, the computer on your desk might still be little more than a glorified typewriter, and you might still be struggling to remember arcane DOS commands so you could type them into a luminous green C:\ prompt on a black screen. And the multimedia marvels of the Web might not have ever existed. As computer historian Howard Rheingold once wrote, ”We wouldn’t be sitting in front of personal computers today if it wasn’t for him.” Back …

Andre Cassagnes: 7 Facts About the Etch A Sketch and Its Inventor

Posted on 02/3/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyKids today have iPads and Xbox game consoles, but a lot of Baby Boomers had a childhood gadget that we loved just as much, and it didn’t even require batteries. The Etch A Sketch first appeared in toy stores in 1960 and became an immediate must-have in kids’ letters to Santa. In the half-century since then, Ohio Art has sold more than 100 million of the classic toys, and children (even some adults) are still twisting the dials on the …

Stephen Michelson: An Entrepreneur Who Became an Anti-Hunger Innovator

Posted on 11/19/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyOne thing that’s remarkable about Stephen A. Michelson is that he not only had multiple careers, but they were all startlingly different from one another. As a young man, he was such a good baseball player that the New York Yankees offered him a contract to play in their farm system. He went on to become a medical-device entrepreneur who marketed innovative Velcro-attached splints and developed an electrical nerve stimulation device that eventually was licensed by Dow Corning Wright Corp. …

Stanford Ovshinsky: 5 Facts About ‘The Edison of Our Age’

Posted on 10/22/2012 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIt’s a safe bet that unless you’re a scientist or an engineer, you’ve probably never heard of Stanford Ovshinsky. And that’s a shame, because his inventions made possible a lot of the electronic gadgetry that our 21st-century high-tech world has become so dependent on. The quirky, self-taught inventor, who died on Oct. 17 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., at age 89, was once labeled the “Edison of our age” by The Economist magazine, and for good reason. Ovshinksy held almost 700 patents, …