Granville T. Woods – The Black Edison

Granville T. Woods – The Black Edison

As a self taught inventor myself, I love hearing stories of other inventors who pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and simply figured everything out. Granville T. Woods, also known as the Black Edison, was that kind of person. He literally learned on the job and...
The Invention of Take Out Food

The Invention of Take Out Food

Fast food and takeout food has changed a lot over the years, but it actually started in ancient Rome. Many people didn’t have kitchens to prepare food at home, or like today, simply didn’t have the time to prepare a meal. Thermapolias sprang up to solve...
Inventor Sees an Opportunity Others Missed

Inventor Sees an Opportunity Others Missed

All inventors are innovators, and being an innovator quite often means being ahead of your time. An Inventor also sees an opportunity others miss. This was the case for a woman inventor named Mary Anderson. In 1902 she took a trip to New York City from her hometown in...
Safety Inventions

Safety Inventions

I was the innovation keynote speaker this week for the St. Louis Safety Conference on the topic of safety inventions and I realized this is one of the most important industries for inventors. A great safety invention could save lives and ultimately change the world....
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

On a recent speaking trip to Detroit I took a detour and spent the day at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. If you’re ever near the area of Dearborn, Michigan near Detroit, it’s absolutely worth the trip. It’s especially interesting to me...