The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 3, 1986 · Page 21
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 21

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, January 3, 1986
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Handicapped man's ring is accepted as his signature BOSTON (AP) - To the casual observer, Robert H. Burroughs' ring is a handsome piece of jewelry. But to American Express and the Massachusetts Probate Court, it is something unique. When pressed against indelible paper, the ring transfers its design onto a document. Burroughs, who has cerebral palsy and can't write his name, recently won court permission to use the imprint as his legal signature. "You can't imagine the feeling of independence a device like this ring gives me," said Burroughs, who designed it with help from biomedical engineers at Massachusetts General Hospital. "The problem with everything we could think of was that they conceivably could be removed without my knowledge," he said. Because the simply designed ring is a familiar piece of jewelry, it does not draw attention, say its designers, who think other physically handicapped people could benefit from a ring of their own. Burroughs and MGH were recently granted a patent for the invention, and are searching for a company to manufacture and market the ring. Even though Burroughs, whose condition means he has lost some motor power and coordination, may need someone else's help to apply enough force on the ring to make an imprint, he has the psychological gratification of knowing that he controls the device, said Dr. Ronald S. Newbower, director of the MGH biomedical engineering department. A plastic device holds papers in place while the ring is being pressed down. While the engineers were designing the ring, Burroughs, who has worked at the hospital for 14 years including three as a volunteer, tried to convince his bank, credit card companies, stock broker and others to accept the ring's impression on documents as his legal signature. He had little trouble getting individual stores and restaurants to accept his ring as his signature. And he received some big support when the Massachusetts Probate Court approved his ring's imprint as his legal signature for all transactions. American Express approved it too. "The bank's original concern was that someone could forge my signature, feeling the ring's design is not as unique as a handwritten signature," he said. "But because of the special colored transfer paper and the ring's individualized design, duplication of the signature is probably less likely than it would be normally.". Newbower said the challenge is bringing people capable of supplying the device into contact with those who would most benefit from it. "It is a marketing problem, but not an insurmountable one," he said. "We are hoping someone in the right position will get excited about the idea and carry it through." The Salina Journal Friday, January 3,1986 PageNS Doctors of letters ATLANTA (AP) - What did John Keats, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rabelais, Chekhov and W. Somerset Maugham all have in common beside their literary fame? All were originally trained as physicians, reports Internal Medicine News, which notes that continuing the literary tradition among physicians is Dr. John Stone, a cardiologist whose third collection of poetry was published recently. CX SEILER- OWNER SPECIALIZING IN CUMMINS ENGINES MINOR a MAJOfl REPAIR 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE FAIR • RELIABLE SERVICE - FREE ESTIMATE! LOCATED IN LAKEWOOO IHOUBTRUU. .PARK. BUILDING C . 827-9215 Are You Facing "Runaway Rates" For Your Auto Insurance? WALTER FREDERKING 1528 E. Iron CALL US FOR REASONABLE RATES & RELIABLE INSURANCE urn torn msmm HCUTH un 827-9339 FOLLOW THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL FORECAST & the HARMON FOOTBALL EXPLANATION — The Dunkel system provides a continuous Index to the relative strength of all teams. It reflects average scoring margin combined with average opposition rating, weighted in favor of recent performance. Example: a 50.0 team has been 10 scoring points stronger, per game, than a 40.0 team against opposition of Identical strength. Originated In 1929 by Dick Dunkel. GAMES OF FRIDAY, JAN- 3 Sooner Invitational Okla 76.2 Little Rock 50.4 S.E. Louisiana 51.9 Aus. Peay 47.6 Wichita Falls Classic Midwestern 55.9 Central Mo 43.9 San Houston 51.0 Colo. Mines 23.9 GAMES OF SATURDAY, JAN. 4 Georgetown78.5 (1 6) Providence 62.4 Duke75.2 (2) Illinois78.4 (17).... lowaSt.68.6 (15).... Kentucky73.0 (6) Memphis 79.3 (3) No. Carolina93.3 (24)... Notre Dame69.9 (9) Purdue72.7 (9) Tennessee 73.0 (15)... Ks. State65.7 (10)... Wichita64.3 (4).... Abilene48.9 (8).... Maryland 73.4 Iowa 61.5 Detroit 53.5 Vanderbilt 67.4 Kansas 76.3 N.C. State 69.4 LaSalle 58.0 Minnesota 63.5 Mississippi ...N.TexasSt. 56.1 Creighton 60.3 Rolla 41.4 FORECAST —PLUS— Predictions Each Week By The Following Businesses GAMES OF MONDAY, JAN. 6 Kansas76.3 (23) Detroit 53.5 Ks. State69.7 (5) Wichita 64.3 GAMES OF WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8 Kansas80.3 (45) Rider 35.4 Ks. Weselyan37.8 (12) St. Marys 25.7 GAMES OF THURSDAY, JAN. 9 Ks. State69.7 (29) Abilene 48.9 Wichita68.3 (3) Bradley 65.0 Last Week's Forecast Winner Connie Holmes MK Carpet Warehouse SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! Start The New Year Right with New Carpet! Over 100 rolls in stock in many styles and colors. BOB HARMON PRO FORECAST National Football League Playoffs SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 & 5 AMERICAN CONFERENCE * Los Angeles Raiders 26 New England 24 'Miami 27 Cleveland. 17 NATIONAL CONFERENCE * Los Angeles Rams 23 Dallas 21 * Chicago 20 New York Giants 13 SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 AMERICAN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP * Miami 28 New York Jets or Los Angeles Raiders 24 NATIONAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP * Chicago 24 Los Angeles Rams 13 SUPER BOWL XX SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Chicago 27 Miami ...23 MK CARPET WAREHOUSE Ice Fishing Equipment And Lures New Glastrons Are On The Way! 2816 Centennial 827-8755 Mon.-Sat. 9-5 Cleve's Inc. 136 S. Broadway, Salina 823-6986 WATCH For Our SUPER BOWL XX Trivia Contest Fri., January 24th and WIN! Start the NEW YEAR with a satellite. Over 150 channels now available to suit anyone. For The Best Prices & Service Call 825-4571 or stop by: NESTLER & SONS 737 N. Broadway (East of Payless Cashways) Work it out. HONDA. Bi|Rcd* In*! U mt NMb«l<«iip>nl **»i«l*« For hauling. 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