Moment in Time — JAN 2022

By Mickey Dunaway | Reprinted with Permission by Limitless Magazine | Cornelius, NC

As I was pondering a unique direction for this month’s “Moment in Time” column, I decided to focus on the feeling of newness essential to January.  I know. Most of us never keep—for long— the newness and originality embodied in our New Year resolutions. However, over the centuries, people have seen their ideas and inventions through to completion and to the patent office.  Not me. I am usually the type who says, “Damn! I thought of that years ago.” Or “That is so simple. I wish I had thought of that!”  So, for January 2022, we are looking at inventions, patents, registrations, and the people who kept their resolutions!

JanuaryInvention, Patent, or RegistrationComments
6, 1925Agronomist George Washington Carver was granted patent No. 1,522,176 for cosmeticsIf you have never visited GWC’s academic home of Tuskegee Institute, make a trip to east Alabama and pay a visit to Tuskegee Institute and theTuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, too.
9, 1906Campbell’s soup was trademark registered.Mmm. Mmm. Good—especially the tomato!
13, 1930Mickey Mouse first appears as a cartoon in newspapers across the U.S.From thoughts, as small as acorns, accomplishments as significant as oak trees grow.
17, 1882The telephone switchboard w patented by Leroy Firman.Can you hear me now? 
19, 1915 Doublemint Gum was trademark registered.Double Your Pleasure. Double Your Fun!
20 1929In Old Arizona, the first full-length “talking motion picture to authentic outdoor locations was made. A Cisco Kid feature. However, in this version, he was hombre!
23, 1943The movie “Casablanca” was copyrighted.Play it again, Sam.
24, 1935“Krueger Cream Ale,” the first canned beer, was sold by the Kruger Brewing Company of Richmond, VA.Now that is a Moment in Time to celebrate. Heft one for me!
26, 1875George Green patented the first electric dental drill.And with it, an essential tool of torture in horror movies!
26, 1909The Milk-Bone dog treat trademark is registered. My Brittanys, Boomer and Chole, are very appreciative, too!A group of dogs sitting in a yard

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27, 1880
Thomas Edison was granted Patent No. 223,898 was for an electric incandescent lamp.Edison’s was dyslexia and hyperactivity led his mother to teach him at home. 
30, 1883The cash register was patented by James Ritty and John Birch.What a change in this simple device the modern world has wrought. 
31, 1893The trademark for Coca-Colawas registered for a “nutrient or tonic beverage.” Coca-Cola is the second most widely understood term in the world after ‘OK.’  Now that is some kind of marketing!
31, 1983Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was copyrighted.The number one selling album of all time with 49.2 million certified copies sold.  The Eagles Greatest Hits was in second place, selling 41.2 million copies. (

What is your most memorable January? For me, it is this January 2022. The Almighty has blessed me with three-quarters of a century on the big-blue-beautiful-ball, so I will celebrate 75 years of having tramped the backroads and fished and hunted the swamps and estuaries, rivers, and lakes of my beautiful Southland. 


January is a month of future possibilities.

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. – Saint Augustine

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