Every now and then I'll read an obituary that chronicles the life of a great inventor whose brainstorms changed the way we live, but whose role is nonetheless little celebrated. I first began noticing these unsung techno-heroes in 1995, with the obituary for Ed Lowe.
Ed Who? Chances are great that your daily life owes a lot to Ed.
"Mr. Edward Lowe (1920-1995) was an entrepreneur who created a whole new product with his invention of cat-box filler. He made the trademark Kitty Litter ® a part of the American vocabulary."
Read the rest of Ed's inspirational story here:http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bllowe.htm
Yesterday I came across another such person. Please observe a moment of sweet, milky silence for Pamela Low.
PAMELA LOW, CREATED FLAVOR FOR CAP'N CRUNCH, DIES AT 79
NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) -- Pamela Low, who was credited with developing the flavored coating for Cap'n Crunch cereal, has died, her brother said. She was 79.
Low died Friday at New London Hospital.
Low, who lived in New London for the past 34 years, was working for the Arthur D. Little consulting firm in the Boston area when she was asked to help find a flavor for the corn-and-oat cereal. She had studied microbiology at the University of New Hampshire, but drew upon a recipe that her grandmother, Luella Low, used to serve at home in Derry.
"She used to serve rice with a butter-and-brown sugar sauce that she made. She'd serve it over the rice on Sundays," William Low, an Ohio resident and one of Pamela Low's younger brothers, recalled in an interview with the Lebanon Valley News on Saturday.
Cap'n Crunch was introduced in 1963, and has been enticing children and adults with a child's sweet tooth ever since.
"It created a 'want-moreishness.' That's what the manufacturers liked," William Low said.
Low, who never married, worked as a flavorist for Arthur D. Little for more than 30 years, and also tinkered with flavors for snacks such as Almond Joy and Mounds.
"It was awesome. We got samples all the time and got to try it at home," said Karen Waltermeyer, Low's 36-year-old niece. "We were guinea pigs for a lot of things."
Low established the Pamela Low Scholarship Fund at UNH to support a senior in the medical laboratory science program. In a 2002 alumni profile in UNH Magazine, Low said she found her Cap'n Crunch legacy to be fun, but said she didn't eat the cereal herself.
But she also defended the notion of pre-sweetened cereal. "Give the kids plain cereal and see how much sugar they put on it," she said.