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). The photo above shows me around 1964 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.