July 11, 2007 10:21 PM by Joe Blackmon
The American Inventor Houston and Tampa auditions didn’t start off very
well. The American Inventor judges turned away Charles Amyx who
invented the Cooler Top, Evan Balasuriya who invented the Double Chin
Buster, Jeff Miller who invented The Squirrel Circus, Marsia Tucci who
invented a mattress with support panels for women with large breasts,
Rodney Skinner who invented the Quickie Mouth Cleaner, and Benjamin
Hausbach who invented the Safe Tan.
Things did eventually improve in Houston and Tampa. The American Inventor judges gave their votes of approval to Furney Eubanks who invented the Easy Mower, Mike Kelley who invented the Revolutions exercise machine, Glenda & Richard Jackson who invented the Dryer Shoe Holder, Richard McFee who invented the Pop-Up Party Table, and Mike and Joe Miller who invented Wrap Away.
However, things once again went south with a wave of rejected inventors. The American Inventor judges said no to Michael Osayi who invented the Scramblers 10 game, Virginia Gentile who invented the Pet Jacuzzi, and Khaled Abusaif who invented the Car Zoogler.
The Houston and Tampa auditions did end on a high note with Carlos Reid who invented Reid Building Blocks. While the idea of plastic building blocks for houses might seem like a longshot, Reid’s passionate plea to the judges got him through to the next round. If Reid Building Blocks really can make a home flood, fire, and termite proof, then it could very well be an invention that changes the world as Reid claims.