- Thu Mar 27, 2003 9:16 am
Guest is right. The inventor of the first silent vacuum (late 1940's) demonstrated it on the Carson show about 30 years after his business failed. The failure reason he gave was that "women buy vacuum cleaners" and "even with proof of advanced suction power via demonstration, women refused to believe any vacuum that quiet could possibly do the job". He said he was often accused of "trickery" during the demos. This is a lot like the Stanley Steamer automobile story.
Sometimes you just can't win!