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Frank Zamboni
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Inventor
    (January 16, 1901-July 27, 1988)
    Born in Eureka, Utah
    Operated electical and block ice business (Zamboni Bros. Co.) during the 1920s & 30s in an L.A. suburb
    Sold the block ice business in 1939 and in 1940 opened Iceland, one of the country's largest ice rinks (20,000 sq. ft. skating surface)
    Perfected his first ice resurfacing machine in 1949 and opened the Frank J. Zamboni & Co. shop to sell the devices
    Died of lung cancer at age 87
    8,500th Zamboni machine delivered to the City Hall of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada(March 2007)
    Though his birth name was Frank Joseph Zamboni, Jr. he never used the Junior.
    He dropped out of high school during his freshman year.
    It took four years for his invention to officially become patented (May 1949-June 1953).
    Most people don't know he also invented a machine that quickly removes rainwater from Astroturf.
    After his wife died, he lost his will to live and died just two months after her.
    He was married to the same woman for 65 years.
    As a shrewd businessman he saw a need for an ice resurfacing machine, invented it, and became a self-made millionaire.
    His device turned a 90-minute task done by three people to a one-man, 10-minute job.
    He became a charter member of the Ice Skating Institute of America, was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1965 and served as its president from 1965-67.
    He was granted 15 U.S. patents.
    Some of his Zambonis still operate after 50 years.

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