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Nov 25, 2009 1:57 PM by Jim Hummel

Acadiana Inventor

Three years ago, KATC introduced you to local inventor Cliff Romero.  This year, we checked back in on Cliff, who is approaching his 90th birthday and still has a few tricks up his sleeve.

From hidden compartments to store valuables, to a solution for frustrated fishermen.  89 year old Cliff Romero has come up with it all, solutions to everyday problems.

"Lets say you're my friend, I sleep on it, that night, that problem, I'll come up with something to solve that problem," Romero said.

His pride and joy is a wheelchair, which he made to help his late wife.

"Her knees were bad, they couldn't operate she was too old, so I slept over night and made this wheelchair here."

A pedal extends out from the bottom of the chair, which allowed Cliff to more easily lift his wife out of her wheelchair by pressing down on the pedal, and raising the seat.  It's an invention he patented back in 2002.  He also has a patent pending on a crib that raises to help parents with bad backs more easily pick up their babies.

Romero hasn't made any money off any of these inventions, and says he likes just helping out his friends.  He says age won't slow him down and so long as there is a friend in need, he'll be there to lend a hand, and an idea. 

 

Jim Hummel

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