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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Buzz of Busy Minds

"In summer, the song sings itself"  ~ William Carlos Williams
How has your summer been? Knowing how summer can seem like a long time if you’re bored, I thought you might like to see how some brilliant young minds kept busy over the years:

A 14 year old farm boy named Philo Farnsworth made the breakthrough discovery of how electron beams could instantly transmit images, and while he wasn’t the only person with the idea, Farnsworth held the first patent for the invention of television.

In 1959, High school student Robert Heft received a B minus on his class project of a flag with 50 stars. When his teacher promised a higher grade if he could get congress to accept his idea, his grade was changed to an A and America had a new flag! Later, Robert Heft made sure he visited every single state in America.

Blind since age 3, Louis Braille knew by the time he was 15 years old that there needed to be something better than trying to read 20 pound books with large raised letters. That’s when he developed the system that enables blind people to read and write by touching raised dots. Today, the Braille system is used worldwide.

In the thirties, two teenagers, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel invented the very first Superman comic and self-published it in a Fanzine when syndicates wouldn’t accept it. It soon became wildly popular and was one of the most famous programs in the golden age of radio.

What would you invent? How many states have you been to? Do you read comic books?


  1. Our summer holidays are much shorter than yours (six weeks or so). And at the moment I am revelling in winter.
    Love the inventive souls you have featured, and some day I will visit your county.

    1. Hi there!
      Your country is one I've always wanted to visit. I haven't given up hope!
      Do you have many holidays that we don't have?
      I'm very glad you came by. If you're interested, I'm always talking about different places in my sate and the U.S. at pensivepenspost.blogspot.com too!


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