ATG Book of the Week of April 25, 2011
Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors: the Lives, Loves,and Deaths of 30 Pioneers Who Changed the World. By Jeremy Coller with Christine Chamberlain. New York: The Overlook Press, 2009. 214 pp. 9781590202692
This is a charming little book and a quick read about men and women who made inventions that change our lives. One of my favorites is Bette Nesmith Graham who wasn’t the best typist but invented of all things Liquid Paper (remember that?) which the Gillette Corporation offered her $47.5 million for in a lump sum payment plus royalties on every bottle sold through the year 2000. And, guess what, when Bette died in 1980 she left some of her considerable fortune to her son Michael, a member of the group the Monkees. And Michael invested some money in a video music production studio. What you don’t learn when you read! And, do you know where your bottle of Liquid Paper is today?
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.