George Crum invented potato chips in the 1850’s. Granville T. Woods invented the induction telegraph in 1887, and was known as the “Black Edison.” And Dr. Mark Dean worked for IBM and developed the hardware engineering for computers to “talk” to peripheral equipment like printers. Tune in to the Perpetual Notion Machine this Thursday, February 7th to learn more about these resourceful inventors. Our guest is Raymond Obstfeld, co-author of the children’s book What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors. He co-wrote the book with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And on February 1, the book was named the Best Literary Work for Children at the 44th NAACP Image Awards. And if you tune in, you have a chance to win the book by correctly answering our Geek-of-the-Week quiz question. The name of the winner will be posted back here at this post on Friday, February 8.
I hope you listened to the show on February 7th. Our guest, Raymond Obstfeld, gave us some insight into the writing of his book. We learned how dedicated and ingenious these inventors were, despite some tremendous hardships. We gave you a chance to win Raymond’s book by answering our Geek-of-the-Week quiz question. What famous African-American invented peanut butter, among many other uses for peanuts? Of course, that would be George Washington Carver. We didn’t get very many callers. But the winner of the book is RUSS KUCERH. Congratulations Russ! You can pick up the book by coming to the WORT studios at 118 S. Bedford St. during normal business hours. Just come in and see the receptionist.