Some celebrities aren't just pretty faces. A few of them are also touched with that Yankee prowess for tinkering and invention. In this weekly series, we introduce you to the Patents of the Rich and Famous. And maybe you learn a little bit about how patent literature works along the way.
Inventor: Christie Brinkley
Known For: She graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue three consecutive years. She had a record 20-year contract with CoverGirl cosmetics. She has appeared on over 500 other magazine covers. She appeared on an episode of Mad About You, which attracted CBS its most viewers since the Cosby Show series finale. She's rated number three on AskMen.com's Top 10 Super Models of All Time. She's 54 and still very attractive.
She can get by just on her good looks, but she doesn't. She's also crafty. She won an award for an album cover she designed for her ex-husband, Billy Joel. And, she holds a U.S. patent.
Invented Apparatus: "Educational toy"
It's a "toy" for learning the letters of the alphabet.
The present invention is directed to educational toys and more particularly to such a toy in the form of a multipiece kit for teaching construction and recognition of predetermined shapes. Although a kit according to the invention may be utilized for teaching recognition and/or construction of almost any series of shapes, it is most advantageously directed toward teaching of letters of the alphabet, and/or numbers for example.
The game includes different shaped magnetic pieces in a variety of different colors, a magnetic board, and cards with illustrations of letters of the alphabet. Using the cards, as well as a "dot code," which indicates how pieces fit together, children use the pieces to assemble letters, thus learning the alphabet.