Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts

Combo Mowing Rig – 1966 home movie

When I was a kid in Kentucky, we had 5½ acres… and it was pretty much my responsibility to keep it all mowed. Our old Bolens tractor had a reel mower attachment, but it was awful… so my father (Edward H. Roberts) designed a rig that used the tractor/sulky to pull a pair of properly offset lawnmowers. I spent many hours driving this around, and like to joke that it set the tone for my later development of Winnebiko II and BEHEMOTH (geeky bicycles with trailers). Here I was, circa 1963 or so:

A half-century later, in 2017, I began digitizing the library of old home movies with my RetroScan Universal, and couldn’t resist sharing this one-minute snippet from 1966…

Good times. Well, not really. The novelty wore off quickly, and it took me away from my lab… but I still remember every bump and twist in that chunk of land in Jeffersontown, now overlaid with condos and other development.