Days Gone By: Bob Moody: Ahead of his timeIn the Sept. 14, 1978, print edition of the River Falls Journal, Bob Moody was pictured holding an old solar powered radio, which still worked perfectly even though it was 17 years old.
By: Pat, River Falls Journal
In the Sept. 14, 1978, print edition of the River Falls Journal, Bob Moody was pictured holding an old solar powered radio, which still worked perfectly even though it was 17 years old.
Owner of the radio, Bob’s mother Marion, said the Japanese-made radio was purchased by her late husband Harry from Glen Dewey when he operated the Dewey Rexall Pharmacy. A glass-like top catches the sun’s rays to produce power to run the radio which can also be operated by batteries. When held close to a 125-watt light bulb, it will also play.
Bob was asked the question, if the Japanese could produce solar radios 17 years ago, why can’t American technology produce similar radios or other equipment that could be powered by the sun instead of batteries or electric current? He even feels that we have the knowhow, but apparently do not want to use it, to produce vehicles that could run down the highway on a sunny Sunday afternoon powered by the sun.
But then the question was asked, where would we get the money for building and upgrading roads which comes from gas taxes, and where would the oil barons in the oil producing countries get their billions?