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    Lulu’s Dessert

    You probably think a big company came up with ready-to-eat gelatin. Well think again. Coming up, a lulu of an idea!

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    DODOcase

    He gave e-readers the look & feel of an old fashioned book — and book lovers are eating it up. Hear the story behind the DODO case.

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    Levi Strauss

    Learn how a wife’s complaints about her husband’s work pants led to a famous American fortune. It’s the riveting story … behind the copper rivets … in Levi’s 501 Jeans.

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    Spotlight: Skullcandy

    Thanks to a snow boarder, music lovers and cell phone users have identical headphones. The solid gold story of Skull Candy.

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    Hall of Fame: Toys “R” Us

    This business was inspired by an old supermarket and unbreakable baby beds. Learn what led a World War II veteran to create the Toys ‘R’ Us empire.


Radio Stories

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The Cheesehead

It started when Ralph Bruno of Wisconsin kept hearing the mocking nickname that Illinois people gave to Wisconsinites: Cheese-Heads. So he thought, why not embrace the Slur?

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ManCans

Why do candles all have such “girly smells,” 14-year-old Hart Main asked his younger sister, who was selling the candles for a school fundraiser. Main thought why not have smells that guys would like, like fresh cut grass, bacon, sawdust and leather.

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Weed Eater

George Ballas was a man who loved his 2 acres of land. But about 100 trees made it difficult for him to get his much desired, perfect manicured lawn. One day while driving through an automatic car wash, he watched the stringy, soapy brushes clean his car with no harm to the paint. It made him wonder if something similar could be used to trim safely around his trees and house.

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Pizza Fusion

Michael Gordon and Vaughn Laza brought their concern for the environment to the world of pizza.

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Mr. Potato Head

Kids love to play with food, so why not make a toy out of it? Learn how one inventor turned a childhood habit into Mr. Potato Head.

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Jones Soda

It’s a soda company with wacky, customer-inspired flavors – like bubble gum, turkey and gravy and corn on the cob. And maybe — just maybe — your picture on the label. Peter van Stolk never wanted to do things the “regular way.” As a young man, he spent his time skiing the Canadian Rockies and giving ski lessons for cash. When his father told him to go to school, Stolk responded- “Are you crazy?!” He started a fruit stand instead. From there, he began importing juice. His goal was to become the “orange juice czar of Canada.” It wasn’t long before…

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Eskimo Pie

Christian Nelson supplemented his income by managing an Iowa candy store. One day a boy with a nickel came in and asked, “Should I buy a candy bar? Or an ice cream sandwich?” This inspired Nelson decided to combine the two. He tried adhering melted chocolate to bricks of ice cream, but it wouldn’t stick. He kept failing until he added a little coco butter – and voila – the Eskimo Pie.

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Good Fortunes

Only one item in Karen Belasco Straitman’s mail order catalog business generated huge demand – giant fortune cookies with personalized messages. She dropped the catalog and began specializing in cookies.

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Lulu’s Dessert

Sep 8, 2014

You probably think a big company came up with ready-to-eat gelatin. Well think again. Coming up, a lulu of an idea!

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Otis Elevators

Sep 3, 2014

It was daring. It was dramatic. It shocked thousands at the New York World’s Fair. Learn how Elisha Graves Otis proved to the world his passenger elevator was safe.

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Levi Strauss

Sep 1, 2014

Learn how a wife’s complaints about her husband’s work pants led to a famous American fortune. It’s the riveting story … behind the copper rivets … in Levi’s 501 Jeans.