July 19, 2007 12:03 AM by Joe Blackmon
On the second part of the American Inventor auditions for Houston and
Tampa, many inventors continued to meet with rejection from the
judges. Rose Feller who invented a song called “Love Test,” Shirley
Blount who invented “Smarty Potty,” Kevin Gilg who invented an electric
fingernail tool, Bill Guess who invented an automatic meat cooking
device, and Bobby Lee Grissett who invented the fifty-four square cake
cutter all were turned away by the judges.
While the judges seemed on target in many of their decisions, Bobby Lee Grissett’s invention was something that should have earned him a finalists spot. Even though it might not have mass market appeal, it did serve a very real market. The judges let through several other inventions that served relatively small markets, so their rejection of Bobby Lee Grissett seemed inconsistent.
Three inventors that did win approval from the judges were Marcus “Sandy” Wall who invented the Wallbanger, George & Denise Tucker who invented the EZT4U, and Christopher & Linda Khanoyan who invented the Voice Inside. The wallbanger was a police device for busting open doors, the EZT4U was an automatic tea maker, and the Voice Inside was a voice recognition device to allow a deaf person to communicate with a hearing person.
After the finalists selections were complete, the judges were very much in disagreement over who the winners for each city should be. The judges finally selected George & Denise Tucker, who invented EZT4U, as the Tampa winners. The judges also selected Joe & Mike Miller, who invented Wrap Away, as the Houston winners.