Denny's Daily Zinger: Grandma’s Mailing to the Right Person
The economy is fragile. The employment statistics—with offshoring and robots stealing American jobs—are disheartening.
Yet room always exists for good 'ole American ingenuity and grit.
In a Dec. 8 home game, Philadelphia's beloved Eagles played the Detroit Lions in a raging blizzard. The 8.5 inches of snow was a complete surprise.
Players were slipping and sliding all over the place. When tackled, running backs came up with faces full of snow. It was wild.
A Low-Tech Invention: Signalfan (Patent : D591,622)
From the Eagles sideline, plays were being signaled by a strange new semaphore system no one had ever seen before—a fan of six baseball-bat shaped colored panels. They were barely visible through the snow to the TV audience, but the players could see them easily.
The Eagles whupped the Lions 34-20.
An unlikely inventor
Jill Cakert, 56, is a dental hygienist, grandmother and volunteer softball coach. She invented the Signalfan to help her players read signals. And she patented it.
On a whim, she sent one to the Eagles new coach, Chip Kelly, who sent her a payment ($25) and the following thank-you note:
It's been a big help!! Great idea!! Chip Kelly.
Is this reminiscent of LIFE magazine listing "From Russia, With Love" as one of President John Kennedy's all-time favorite books? That presidential nod turned Ian Fleming's James Bond adventures into a billion-dollar franchise.
Let's keep our fingers crossed for Jill Cakert.