The early years.
This 1978 page from my high-school sketch book is amusing for two reasons. The “home” image has a caption reads “For those who might be holding this in the 2000’s, this one’s for you!” Nearby my mother is clutching my leg as I presumably leave to spread my wings. I proclaim “Thanks for everything, but I’ve got to go!” The hilarious truth is that my mom had to kick me out at age 23! In my defense, I didn’t go to college, and the food was too good to leave. In the lower part of the page I imagined one could make a floating train using magnets. I don’t think I knew that others had come up with the idea seventy years earlier. Today mag-lev trains are a reality.
In this sketch I reveal my knowledge of physics hadn’t caught up with my imagination. I was under the impression that a jet engine could drive a propeller at the same time and it would some how add power.
After seeing Star Wars I whipped this up. I was probably naively thinking I had a gold mine. Within months, the Light Saber toy was for sale in toy stores. I wonder how many thousands of kids had this same thought.
In these sketches, I don’t even bother to figure out the engineering. The individual jet wing also became reality.
Another fast-looking craft.
Interesting ideas from my later life.
As I was going through the boxes of old stuff in preparation for this website, I discovered a sealed letter I had sent to myself in 1987. I had no recollection of doing this and I couldn’t resist the temptation to see what was inside. (See below.)
Inside the sealed envelope what was supposed to be proof of a concept as witnessed by my landlord! I recall that after playing with a tape measure, I imagined a watch made of similar material. Once again, I was onto something but lacked the skill, money and smarts to develop it any further. By the 90’s, someone else had cashed in on the “slap watch” and they are everywhere now.