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Inventor of Cruise Control - A True Story

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Inventor of Cruise Control - A True Story

As you cruise along the interstate in your ultra-sleek sedan,
You should ever keep in mind a little-known engineering man.
His name is Ralph Teetor, inventor of a device called cruise control.
Perfecting the auto for the comfort of the public was his lifetime goal!

At the tender age of twelve, the budding genius built a full-sized car!
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania as an engineering star!
He moved to Hagerstown, Indiana, which is my old hometown as well.
There, he founded Perfect Circle Piston Ring Company for many years to dwell.

Ralph was annoyed by the auto's lurching, gas guzzling driving habits.
It reminded him of the hopping, loping attributes of irrational rabbits!
In the basement of his home he spent hours tinkering with his invention.
Cadillac first installed cruise control when it was brought to their attention!

He received numerous honors and patents during his creative lifetime,
Making driving for the traveling public more pleasurable and sublime.
'Twas truly remarkable the many accomplishments he was to contrive,
Since he was blinded due to an unfortunate accident at the age of five!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 8/3/2013 2:11:00 PM

    Your writting and subjects make you unique and a pleasure to read... You're my kinda writer...

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 3:29:00 PM

    WOW Robert! This is awesome. To know someone that special. I enjoyed this very much. My husband's nephew was blind since he was 18 months old. He is a computer instructor. I admire people like that. Thanks for sharing..... Lucilla

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 10:29:00 AM

    I am amazed at your ability to bring events to life in your fine poetry.. Thank you for sharing this great piece of historical information that I would have never know if I hadn't read your poem.

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 7:55:00 AM

    What a story, Bob. "hopping, loping attributes of irrational rabbits!" You've got a classic there. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 3:50:00 PM

    loved the fascinating write, Bob. Hope you're both having a great weekend

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 1:13:00 PM

    Great poem of a blind genius! It's so nice to see you here, so many are gone. I will be perusing your entertaining writes in the late hours. Smiles

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 4:31:00 PM

    Most intresting and informative piece. Robert. Thanks for the history lesson..

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 4:17:00 PM

    Wow, thanks for the information, Bob. It is truly amazing. Great one!

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 3:21:00 PM

    Wow, this is a great piece of trivia..you done- done it again Mr Bob..

  1. Date: 7/20/2013 3:20:00 PM

    wow what a story! He accomplished all that and he was blind...that is something! ...love,Deb