My Son Corrects A Myth

by Don Boudreaux on August 26, 2009

in History, Media, Myths and Fallacies

My son, Thomas, sent this letter yesterday to WTOP Radio here in Washington:

My dad and I were listening to your show today at about 12:15pm when co-anchor Mark Lewis said that Velcro is “a product of the space program.”

That’s not true.  Velcro was invented by a Swiss engineer, George de Mestral.  Mr. de Mestral got the idea, during a walk in the woods, from burrs that stuck to his clothes.  He was granted a patent on Velcro in 1955.

Thomas M. Boudreaux
7th Grade
Westminster School


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