Today is the anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the ballpoint pen, Laszlo Biro. What a cool invention!
My sister, and other lefties, always complained they were unable to write well with fountain pens. She would return home from school covered in ink, the side of her hand stained blue. At our school we were forced to use fountain pens for a few years and the joys of inkdom were many – stained hands, exploding cartridges, the ink running out in the middle of a test and struggling with the refill, always a time consuming operation.
Then there was the shape of the nib….. no matter how hard you tried, your writing, always looked horrid, the loops and swirls never had the same weight on the page and the entire thing ended up looking messy in spite of your efforts.
Enter Mr. Biro and his lovely ball point pens. Thank you.
Thank you from me and every other school boy or girl, from the traveler who tucks a pen into the journal without fear of an ink-covered mess, from people all over the world whose lives you made just a little easier with your invention. Thank you.
There are millions of these kinds of inventions in our lives each day; I say this as I type on my keyboard.
Perhaps it’s time to pause and say thank you for their courage, determination, and creativity. We’ve come a long way in a few hundred years.