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ABC’s American Inventor, produced by American Idol’s Simon Cowell’s starts up in a couple weeks (Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 8/7c) – but, putting inventors on TV to showcase their inventions has some interesting history – check out this article from Popular Mechanics 1955 on Modern Mechanix – Thanks Charlie! Link.

Related:
American Inventor – Link.
American Inventor – Reality TV meets Makers – Link.
American Inventors – A blog by an inventor for inventors! – Link.
Inventor Underground – Link.

On a side note MAKE will be “live blogging” and commenting on American Inventor Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 8/7c – be sure to stop by, we’ll try and do some chat room or something too.