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Betty James

Born: 1918-01-01 - Died: 2008-11-20
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Death Summary: Betty James died at the age of 90 in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Who was Betty James : Betty was the wife of Richard T. James, the inventor of the Slinky.

James accidentally invented the Slinky while trying to develop a means for suspending sensitive instruments aboard naval vessels while in rough seas. He was working with tension springs and accidentally dropped one. Upon seeing it hit the ground and seeing how it moved the idea for the toy was born.

With a $500 dollar loan James developed the toy that children would grow to love, and his Betty is the one who coined the term “Slinky”.
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  1. Jon Hahm Says:

    Thanks for the name, Betty…

  2. princess peach Says:

    rest in peace betty

  3. princess peach Says:

    make a slinky in heven

  4. M Says:

    You and your husband probably have no idea how many children and adults you’ve brought happiness to with a $1 slinky. I’m in my 30s and still can’t hear the word “slinky” or see one without smiling.

  5. Gerard Says:

    Betty Rest in Peace!! at school we had to do a report on our favorite inventor and i did my report on you!…

  6. Jason Says:

    Not only did he leave his home state, the jerk announced it on natinoal tv and slapped the Cavs right across the face. He made it a one hour special entitled the decison. Then, he gives the money to charity as an excuse, yet will never give a dime out of his own pocket. Im not even a Cavs fan and i hate LeBron or being a stupid jerk. i hope he never wins

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