Spreading Good News (Part 149)

Hello, Blog Readers!

I look for information that is useful, inspirational, informative, motivational, awe-inspiring, educational—anything that is good “brain food,” and I blog it here for all who are interested.  Occasionally, I blog about something from my own knowledge or experience.

It is my hope that you will enjoy and be able to use most of what is here.

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~ Joyce Fields


Many of my experiences and lessons learned have been captured in the books that I have written.  Read the previews and reviews and order at www.GoodShortBooks.com.






George Franklin Grant

Inventor of the golf tee and Harvard history maker


George Franklin Grant was born in 1847 in Oswego, New York, the son of former slaves.  He was a very intelligent man and a great student, and in 1867, after two years’ apprenticeship with a local dentist, he was the first African-American to be awarded a  scholarship to Harvard Dental School.  This was the first university-based dental school in the United States, and had only opened a year or two before.  In 1870 Grant graduated with high honors in the second graduating class of the dental school.

Within two years, Grant was appointed Professor of Mechanical Dentistry at Harvard (the first black faculty member).  He was internationally recognized for his invention of the oblate plate, a prosthetic device for people with a cleft palate.  He spent 19 years working at Harvard and was a founding member of the Harvard Odontological Society.  Grant was elected president of the Harvard Dental Alumni Association in 1881.

Also a golfer, Grant’s concern for sanitary conditions made him dislike having to make a mound of sand to place the golf ball on before hitting it with a club.  The results of hitting from different mounds also affected the players’ game.  In 1899, Grant patented the first golf tee (patent 638,920).  He made no money from his invention and gave away tees to anyone who wanted them.

He died in 1910.


Source:  The Internet


About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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One Response to Spreading Good News (Part 149)

  1. Kortnie and Konto says:

    That’s Dope.

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