Ten­nis-Ball Hop­per

Its in­ven­tion made quick work of a tire­some chore

Reader's Digest (India) - - Whomadethat? - BY PA­GAN KENNEDY

In the 1960s, Jake Stap ran two ten­nis camps, where he spent way too much time gath­er­ing the ten­nis balls scat­tered around the courts. “That was the buga­boo— get­ting the kids to pick up the balls,’’ said his daugh­ter, Sue Kust.

One day, driv­ing to his job as a gym teacher in Illi­nois, USA, Stap pinched the ball that was rolling on the seat be­side him. The rub­ber yielded un­der his fin­ger­tips.

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