CRANSTON — It all started in Detroit, where Jerry Carlson passed the time with his engineer father Irvin taking pieces of machinery apart to see how they worked.
“We used to buy stuff at the Army Navy Surplus Store, take it home and take it apart,” he said, noting his father was an engineer who, for a while, was engaged in classified work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. “For a kid it was great to play with,” he said, citing a periscope from a Sherman tank that cost just 20 cents. “He’d show me the components. He was a genius.”
Their shared interest in tinkering led to Carlson’s career as an inventor of auto accessories, notably of Safe-T-Caps repair kits for the frames of a number of vehicles, notably Jeeps, many of which . . . Continue reading on the Providence Journal.