WOW! These Utahn’s CHANGED THE WORLD!
It's no secret... Utah is home to the MOST BEAUTIFUL landscapes and people. Utah is also the home of some of the WORLD'S GREATEST INVENTIONS! Like these:
1. The Television:
I don't want to imagine what life would be like without TV. No Seinfeld, Friends, or The Office. No watching your favorite sports teams. Like right now... Watching Lebron James break the All-Time NBA Scoring Record in my bedroom! Shout out to Richfield local, Philo T. Farnsworth! The inventor of the TV. Life would not be the same without you!
2. The Electric Guitar:
Shoutout to Alvino Ray, the inventor of the Electric Guitar. He was born in California, but married his wife Louise and ended up moving to Louise's hometown... Salt Lake City, Utah, where he stayed until his death in 2004! How different would music be without the electric guitar? Rock wouldn't exist. More importantly... THE AIR GUITAR WOULDN'T EXIST!
3. The Hearing Aid:
The Hearing Aid is such a huge invention for millions of Americans and BILLIONS of people around the globe. But it wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Harvey Fletcher of Provo. He's known as the "father of stereophonic sound". Life would SUCK for so many people if it wasn't for Harvey!
4. The Car Stereo:
The son of Harvey Fletcher, the inventor of the Hearing Aid, James Fletcher is the inventor of the CAR STEREO! Imagine how bad it would suck if our cars didn't have a stereo! No singing at the top of your lungs to your favorite songs, and even worse: No listening to DJ & Aaronee every morning on Cat Country 107.3 & 94.9! That would BE A NIGHTMARE!
5. The Electric Traffic Light:
Next time you're sitting at a traffic light, you can thank Lester Wire. Imagine all the lives saved, and all the time saved in traffic! Lester invented the Traffic Light in Salt Lake City in 1912 while he was a police detective for the Salt Lake City Police Force. He dipped light bulbs in different colored paint and the invention TOOK OFF!
6. Video Games:
Are you a gamer? You can thank Nolan Bushnell of Clearfield for that! He's quite the inventor! He created PONG, the first video game. He also created Chuck E. Cheese and Atari Inc. Life wouldn't be the same without video games!
7. The DVD:
Remember when the DVD hit the market? It was so much faster than VHS, you didn't have to rewind, and it was SO MUCH MORE CLEAR! For that, we can thank Robert B. Ingebretsen. As a teenager he created robots that could actually talk! Unfortunately he didn't live very long. He died at 54 at his home in Salt Lake City from heart failure.
8. The Zamboni:
The Zamboni is the machine that runs on top of ice rinks that makes it all smooth and soft again. Without the Zamboni, ice hockey and figure skating would be incredibly different. Well, big shout out to Frank Zamboni of Eureka, Utah! Suddenly the name "Zamboni" makes sense.
9. The Frisbee:
Who's played with a Frisbee and NOT had fun? NOBODY! It's a great toy! But it wasn't always called the Frisbee! It was first the "Flyin' Cake Pan", then the "Whirlo-Way", then the "Flyin Saucer" then the "Pluto Platter" and finally the Frisbee! Shout out to Walter Frederick Morrison of Richfield, Utah! That's TWO inventors from Richfield now! WOW!
10. The Artificial Heart:
Robert K. Jarvik grew up in Michigan, but soon joined the Artificial Organs Program at the University of Utah and created the Artificial Heart. There's still a ways to go on this one but it will save SO MANY LIVES thanks to another Utahn, Robert Jarvik!