Category Archives: Engineering

Skateboard innovator Larry Stevenson, a lifeguard, merely wanted to help guys and girls surf on land

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Larry Stevenson, a Venice Beach lifeguard who helped popularize skateboarding in the early 1960s by marketing his Makaha boards to riders eager to essentially surf on land, has died. He was 81. Stevenson, who had Parkinson’s

Skateboard innovator Larry Stevenson, a lifeguard, merely wanted to help guys and girls surf on land

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Larry Stevenson, a Venice Beach lifeguard who helped popularize skateboarding in the early 1960s by marketing his Makaha boards to riders eager to essentially surf on land, has died. He was 81. Stevenson, who had Parkinson’s

Fluke encounter during Depression turned Steven Kordek, 100, into pinball design wizard

    (Without Steven Kordek’s work, I might not have pissed away hundreds of quarters in dozens of bars in college.) CHICAGO – If not for the need of some shelter from the rain, pinball might never have had its

Fluke encounter during Depression turned Steven Kordek, 100, into pinball design wizard

    (Without Steven Kordek’s work, I might not have pissed away hundreds of quarters in dozens of bars in college.) CHICAGO – If not for the need of some shelter from the rain, pinball might never have had its

Chicago engineer Stephen Hrajnoha, 94, helped make the aluminum Christmas tree a pop classic

CHICAGO – Stephen Hrajnoha worked in the tool and die industry, setting up production lines for everything from aircraft engines to locomotive parts. His West Side manufacturing company also had great success with the aluminum Christmas tree — a fad

Chicago engineer Stephen Hrajnoha, 94, helped make the aluminum Christmas tree a pop classic

CHICAGO – Stephen Hrajnoha worked in the tool and die industry, setting up production lines for everything from aircraft engines to locomotive parts. His West Side manufacturing company also had great success with the aluminum Christmas tree — a fad

Love your Kindle? LexisNexis developer Jerome Rubin, 86, is one reason why

NEW YORK — Jerome Rubin, who helped bring to market the commercial online research database today known as LexisNexis and the display technology behind millions of Amazon Kindles and other e-readers, has died in New York. He was 86. Rubin

Love your Kindle? LexisNexis developer Jerome Rubin, 86, is one reason why

NEW YORK — Jerome Rubin, who helped bring to market the commercial online research database today known as LexisNexis and the display technology behind millions of Amazon Kindles and other e-readers, has died in New York. He was 86. Rubin

Champion of the transitor, Norman Krim, 98, helped create a generation of engineers

NEWTON, Mass. – Norman Krim, an electronics visionary who played a pivotal role in the industry’s transition from the bulky electron vacuum tube, which once lined the innards of radios and televisions, to the tiny, far more powerful transistor, died

Champion of the transitor, Norman Krim, 98, helped create a generation of engineers

NEWTON, Mass. – Norman Krim, an electronics visionary who played a pivotal role in the industry’s transition from the bulky electron vacuum tube, which once lined the innards of radios and televisions, to the tiny, far more powerful transistor, died

Civil engineer Dan Marlowe was big N.C. State Wolfpack fan

(Editor’s note: One of the things I love most about reading these obituaries is finding one of someone who seemed to really enjoy his or her life. This is one of those.) (This story was published Dec. 6, 2011 by

Civil engineer Dan Marlowe was big N.C. State Wolfpack fan

(Editor’s note: One of the things I love most about reading these obituaries is finding one of someone who seemed to really enjoy his or her life. This is one of those.) (This story was published Dec. 6, 2011 by