Comment of the Day: Pacemaker-inventing kids

Seems a bit technical for a kid to come up with in his parents' basement, doesn't it?
Today's Comment of the Day comes via misterrosewater, who points out how implausible it seems in this day and age that kids would do what the Medtronic founders did and found a company by inventing things in their folks' basement.

As we reported yesterday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert pins responsibility for that state of affairs on Obama and Mark Dayton. We're more inclined to cite video games and Facebook, but that isn't as fun as Blaming It On Obama, of course.

In any event, here's misterrosewater's comment:


Well, that sort of mentality would certainly help Little Johnny put himself through school. A parent can only hope to be so blessed!

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Steven G Hindi III
Steven G Hindi III

He might not have been able to do so now, without breaking a "law". With all the federal regulations that have been in acted since then.

Andrew Berg
Andrew Berg

Well... Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic, the *inventor* of what we now know as a pacemaker (portable, battery-powered) actually invented the device in his parents' garage, in Columbia Heights, in the late 1940's. He was in his 20's at the time.

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