America's Funniest Inventors?
Questions on How to Evaluate TV Shows Featuring Inventors and Inventions
© By Stephen Paul Gnass
Like many people, I've been watching
Simon Cowell's new show "American Inventor"
with bated breath. I had held out some
hope that the show would be great and
portray the inventor in a good light.
But that has been dashed week after
week with the approach that Simon Cowell,
his producers and ABC took.
Incidentally, I ran across a quiz that I
developed 13 years ago because of several
TV shows which at that time had been taking
the similar cheap shot of exploiting the
inventor and his/her invention. In going
through some old files, I found this
evaluation form that I wrote and
distributed in 1993.
It's as pertinent today as it was then.
Since there will always be opportunists,
I thought that the questions might help
inventor organizations and inventors
in evaluating whether they should
participate in any current or future
TV shows or productions.
Here's the URL:
It's in PDF format and can be opened and
read with Adobe Reader which is a free
program. If you don't already have
this program, you can download it free at:
Many ebooks are designed for this program,
so you'll find it very useful if you don't
have it yet!
In summary, I hope this tool helps you
and our friends in the invention industry.
Please feel free to print it and pass
it along. If it's reprinted, please be
sure to give proper credit.
ABOUT STEPHEN GNASS:Back to Article Index
Stephen Paul Gnass is founder of
InventionConvention.com, Executive Director
of the National Congress of Inventor
Organizations [NCIO] and an inventors advocate.
Mr. Gnass speaks on the subject of the
"Business of Inventing" [tm] and has had
his articles reprinted in various magazines.
As Senior Consultant with the Gnass Group,
he consults independent inventors and
small businesses. He can be
emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit http://www.businessofinventing.com.