December 16, 2011 2:48 PM
you prepare to host your home holiday get-togethers, you may find
that a little toddy-for-the-body is needed to satisfy your guests.
And if you serve, say, frozen daiquiris, you can give a small
salute to a Chrysler employee for making possible that delicious
mixture of rum, lemon (or lime) juice, sugar, fruit and crushed
Our story begins in 1936. A man named Frederick J. Osius had
produced an undeveloped and seemingly unworkable mixing device for
use in the kitchen. Osius had also run out of money to bring the
emulsifying machine to the public, although he did secure a patent
for the gizmo in 1933.
Hearing that bandleader Fred Waring was a fan of new technology
(and always looking to invest in the "next big thing"), Osius
talked his way into Waring's dressing room after a radio broadcast
and explained the concept of his "miracle mixer." Waring was
intrigued and decided to help Osius with ideas, money and
Here is the rest of the story, quoted from the Fred Waring's
America web site:
"Over the next few months, Waring analyzed and studied Osius'
prototype. He decided it needed sealed ball bearings for the bottom
drive, propeller-like blades, and a cloverleaf-shaped jar to throw
the contents back down. A buddy at the Chrysler Corporation
secretly helped Fred solve the ball-bearing problem."
(Repeated contact with archivists at the Fred Waring's
America Special Collection at Penn State University turned up
no clues as to the identity of the Chrysler employee.)
Waring Mixer, as it was first called, was introduced to the world
at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago in 1937. It was an
instant hit and revolutionized the way we prepare and consume food
The impact of the Waring Blendor reached far beyond everyday
kitchen use. Years before antibiotics were in common use, Waring
was asked to produce a sealed, stainless steel container for
scientific laboratories. The special Waring Aseptic Dispersal
Blendor was used by Dr. Jonas Salk to prepare culture media used in
developing the polio vaccine.
Ultimately, the efforts of a down-on-his-luck inventor, a showbiz
icon with deep pockets and an unknown Chrysler employee enriched
our lives while making the holidays a bit more festive.
I'll drink to that.