Obit of the Day: Inventor of the “Hummer Helmet”
David Leslie was a stockbroker by trade but his true love
was nature. He and his wife, Mary, owned a cabin in
northern Wisconsion which had a plethora of
hummingbirds. Although they enjoyed watching the
birds up close at feeders set up outside the house, it
wasn’t quite close enough for Mr. Leslie.
So he invented the “Hummer Helmet.” The design
was basic: a baseball helmet with three hummingbird
feeders attached. Wearers of the helmet would be able
to observe hummingbirds from the distance of 6 to 18
inches. The helmet led to appearances on KSTP-TV and
Animal Planet. But the breakthrough came when
David Letterman invited Mr. Leslie onto The Late
Show. Mr. Leslie stayed in Minnesota while
Mr. Letterman spoke to him via satellite. He would share
periodic hummingbird updates throughout the show.
Mr Leslie, who owned patent #5996127 for the
Hummer Helmet, died on February 5, 2013 at the age
(Image of Mr. Leslie wearing his invention during his Late Showappearance is courtesy of the Star-Tribune)
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Oh how I miss you Papa~ I didn't think you would ever leave me...
but you did say it would be okay, and some days it is but on others
the grief is deep~ I love you.. Kissess for you and Mom~ Pooh