Monday, February 16, 2009

Don't Tase Me Bro

Noted in passing: Jack Cover, the inventor of the Taser, died of pneumonia on February 7, 2009. He was 88.

Most of his career was spent working in the aerospace and defense industries. He began developing the Taser in 1969 as a non-lethal alternative to conventional firearms and in 1970, formed Taser Systems, Inc.

The word "Taser" was an acronym for Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle. Boy genius Tom Swift was the hero of a series of juvenile adventure novels first published in the early 20th century. The middle initial "A" used in Taser was added by Cover so the acronym would be pronounceable.

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