Anytime you go to the store and wait for the person in front of you to have their groceries scanned item by item, you can thank this Kansan that it doesn't take longer.
You can also thank him for that automated voice when you call the bank, make a plane reservation or even pay your monthly bills by phone.
This Kansan from Dodge City is a scientist, inventor and holder of more than 30 patents — from the technology leading to bar code scanners to the computers that answer your questions when you call a business.
When he graduated from the University of Kansas in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, one of his first projects was designing an electrical chemical system that separated the silver iodide used in X-rays into silver.
Never miss a local story.
His system allowed hospitals to use the silver longer, but then once it was done, turn the silver mix into a bar of silver.
During the early 1980s, this Kansan designed a phone machine allowing operators to call several lines at once and deliver recorded messages.
His machine not only dialed, it spoke with Zsa Zsa Gabor or Arthur Godfrey' s voices to whoever answered the phone.
Question: Who is this Kansan?
Answer to Tuesday’s question: Mudge's job was to report the geology of Kansas — finding where its minerals and rock formations lay, where soil could be found to nurture crops and livestock.
Check Kansas.com Thursday for the answer to today’s question.