Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Inventions


This is my Uncle Scotty pictures above.  He was married to my aunt at one time and the adopted my cousins Maddy many years ( maybe 14 ) back. They are now divorced but I still consider him my uncle and always will.  He is fun and very active.

I thought I would write a post about him because he was featured on our Fox 9 Morning News this morning ( 5 times actually I saw it played ).  My Uncle Scotty is an Inventor. He actually lives in a big barn ( that is awesome ) and he is able to work right from home on all of his inventions.



He was featured on the News Today for his Sky Ride.  
It all started in his barn and now has gone from a Dream to a Reality.  
It started back in 1985 as a sketch that he threw together he then turned it into a reality in 1995 by taking the drawing and actually building the machine and track.

So what is the Sky Ride.
Well it is a Bike / Rower that is suspended in the air connected to a track above.



I have seen it in his yard and been on it once. Seemed like a crazy idea a few years ago when we where there and it is even more crazy to know now all the ideas they have planned for this Sky Bike.

My Uncle has not only invented that though.  He has invited a few different things.  


I remember riding the Row Bike ( with training wheels ) at family get events when I was younger and I remember going on a ski trip and seeing his Penguins at the ski resorts.

His biggest invention by far was the ROLLERBLADE.
Yes you heard me right he invented the 1st in line skate here in Minnesota back in the 80's.  He is in the process of writting a story about how it all started, how the Wheels Got Rolling!

Here are a few facts about the Rollerblade and when it all started. 

Modern Skates 

In 1979, brothers Scott and Brennan Olson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota found antique skates with wheels placed in a straight line on the skate's sole. The Olsons redesigned the skate by using polyurethane wheels on the bottom of hockey boots. The Olsons also added a rubber toe brake. 

Rollerblades  

In 1983, the Olsons founded Rollerblade Inc. to mass produce their new invention. Rollerblade Inc. was the first company to mass produce the "in line" type of roller skate. 

Rollerblades were the first commercially successful in-line Roller Skates. Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented them in 1980, when they were looking for a way to practice Hockey during the off-season. Their design was an ice hockey boot with 3 inline wheels instead of a blade.
 
 
I want to keep this memory for my girls.  
As this is a great memory to have and I would also love to get his book when it comes out so that they can one day read about his trial and errors and how he got passed all the people who turned him down. 

5 comments:

Jessica said...

WOW! That is so cool-especially that he invented roller blades!

Lindsey said...

Awesome! If I send you my Rollerblades in my closet, will he sign them?!?! haha! Too cool.

Katrina said...

So cool! He sounds like such a creative guy.

Candice said...

I love roller blading. Now I am always going to think of your uncle!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Wow, that is so cool that he invented rollerblades!