Good News - October 2023

Good News Wants to Know… what cool existing invention do you wish you had thought of to invent yourself? Having begun my illustrious sales career in the office supply business, it should not be surprising that my selection would be the ubiquitous Post-It Note. Hardly a day goes by without using one or seeing one in use in a variety of shapes and colors. The fact that the discovery was accidental only makes it even more appealing. That’s my story and I am sticking (lightly) to it! Mike McDermott, PA, Seniors Real Estate Specialist, The Keyes Company This is a very basic and real question for me. My dad ran a lathe in a small tool shop owned by Mr. Fraze when we were growing up. Mr. Fraze invented the pop top can in that shop, an invention we still use today which I wish I had thought of. The "Fraze Pavilion" in Kettering, Ohio is now named for him. William “Bill” C. Davell, Director, Tripp Scott Back in 1902 Willis Carrier invented the air conditioner. If there was ever an inventor that warranted a statue being built in their honor here in Florida, it would be for Willis. Bob Denison, President, Denison Yachting Solar power! I love how something so elemental to creation can be used for other purposes. Char Talmadge, Executive Director, Rescue Upstream I think we would all like to say that we invented the iPhone or some life changing device. However, I will be more modest and just say that I would be happy to have designed the device that connects to your car headrest to hang your suit jacket, so it doesn’t end up on the floor of your car! Chip LaMarca, State Representative, Florida House District 100 There are many incredible inventions, but the 3D printer's potential manufacturing applications, from aerospace components to musical instruments, are particularly impactful. Christopher C. Simpson, President & CEO, CBMC International Two come to mind: the global positioning system (GPS) and one of the search engines like Google. Being the conceiver and developer to either one of them would have been very rewarding. H. Collins Forman, PA The breakthrough invention I wish I had invented, but thankfully my dear missions friends did, is their solar powered audio bibles (NT) that are providing a durable, reliable way to bring God's word to the most remote people groups. It's now available in over 1,300 languages, thanks to the ministry, Faith Comes By Hearing. Deborah Cusick, FAU Campus Volunteer, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Having traveled a lot as a young person and then getting into the aviation business, I love the invention of wheels on suitcases, duffle bags and other baggage items. After several years of 2 wheels they installed 4 wheels - what an incredible convenience. Don Campion, President, Banyan Air Service The Slinky. This was an easy one for me. In 1943, Richard Jones was trying to design a meter to monitor power on battleships. As he worked with tension springs one of them fell to the ground and kept bouncing from place to place after it hit the floor. Viola, the Slinky was born. I so wish I would’ve invented the Slinky, but Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that we all have different gifts and, apparently, inventing things is not one of mine. Conclusion: We should be thankful for whatever gift our gracious God has given us. Amen. Fidel Gomez, Assistant Pastor, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale GPS! I now use it even when I know where I am going if only to avoid traffic or accidents! How did we function without it! Fred Scarbrough, DVM, Founder, Scarbrough Animal Hospital and HOPE South Florida Air Conditioning! Prior to A/C, Florida was only a winter destination. Gregg Wallick, President, Best Roofing, Inc. Two very important inventions I couldn’t live without. One, the hair straightener! I was blessed with long super curly hair and though I leave it natural often, there are times when a less wild mane is more suitable! Lol… Second, the .99 cent vegetable peeler as I cook almost daily and we consume lots of fresh vegetables. Btw, I’m still using the same peeler I bought over 40 years ago!! Technology is wonderful but it’s the simple things that matter! Helen Wayner P.A., Century 21 Hansen Realty For me, it would be the digital camera. The ability to capture a moment is a priceless treasure. The relationships we have and the moments we share are one of the treasures in life. Jesse Carroccio, Station Manager, WRMB Moody Radio The existing invention that I wish I had invited is the automation of tangible logistics. It has revolutionized the business industry by streamlining the product to end user process, creating an expanding scope of opportunity for small business development, and positively impacting our customer choice. Technology supported customer simplification makes it possible to support like-minded and valued businesses. Dr. Jessica Vera, President and CEO, Elite Foundation Refrigeration is one of the most staple elements of everyday life, and it would have been amazing to discover the process of how to induce cooling. Imagine being the first guy that ran up to his sibling and unexpectedly dumped a glass full of ice cubes down their back! Justus Martin, Photographer, Justus Martin Photo Chip LaMarca Christopher C. Simpson H. Collins Forman William “Bill” C. Davel Bob Denison Char Talmadge Wants to Know… - Mike McDermott -