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August 29, 1990 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lou Rosenlund of Los Angeles was lugging concrete blocks to build a pig pen on his Montana ranch and complaining about how heavy they were when he got the idea. Why not build a lightweight block that would be just as strong? Five years later, he has just that--a lightweight block that he can drive his Cadillac over--and he's on his way to the Invention Convention in Pasadena this weekend to market it.
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August 29, 1990 | LYNN SIMROSS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lou Rosenlund of Los Angeles was lugging concrete blocks to build a pig pen on his Montana ranch and complaining about how heavy they were when he got the idea. Why not build a lightweight block that would be just as strong? Five years later, he has just that--a lightweight block that he can drive his Cadillac over--and he's on his way to the Invention Convention in Pasadena this weekend to market it.
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September 9, 1992 | JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Visiting his sick mother at a hospital four years ago, Robert Markus watched in disbelief as nurses wrestled the aching patient onto a cold, hard bedpan. "It was a god-awful thing to see," Markus said. "Bedpans are the only things left in a hospital that haven't changed since the 19th Century. I thought, 'There's got to be something better.' " So the 70-year-old retired restaurateur and a partner went to work in a garage and developed an electric-powered, inflatable bedpan.
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