What is in Your Garage?

Your car? Your bike? Sleds? Trash cans? Garden hose? Tools? Half buckets of paint and old rags? Perhaps that unadorned space that you repair broken things or spray paint things to freshen them up?

If you look it up in the dictionary, you’ll find it’s a place to ‘store or protect automobiles.’


HA! GARAGE is a state of mind!

Back in 1901, William Harley and Arthur Davidson started up a few projects in one.

In 1923 Walt Disney, and his brother Roy, hatched a few good ideas in theirs, too.

Shortly after 1939, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard used one to make oscillators. (Walt Disney bought eight of these to use to make his block buster ‘Fantasia’ movie.)

It was in one of these, that doll houses made out of picture frames turned a few toys into ‘Mattel’ in 1945.

Every police officer carries a standard issue flashlight, a ‘Maglite’, created under such a roof, by Tony Maglica, a man from Croatia who could hardly speak English, in 1950.

Sixteen year old Michael Kittredge, in 1969, melted down crayons to create the beginning of Yankee Candle Company in one of these.

It was in 1976 that the two ‘Steves’ made theirs, their own garden of Eden putting an ‘Apple’ out as some new kind of fruit!

It was in one of these in 1994 that Jeff Bezos sold his first, of many books, under the roof of ‘Amazon’.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin borrowed one from Susan Wojcicki in 1998 to give ‘Google’ a home.