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Alan Weisman


1938 - 2008 Obituary Condolences
The inventor of the T-top
Alan Weisman died this week at age 70. He was a creative, accomplished inventor and community servant. Among his inventions, Weisman was known for patenting the T-top found on American sports cars such as the Corvette. After college, Weisman was employed by the automobile manufacturer Saab before experiencing a work-related accident. Following years of physical therapy, Weisman and his wife made their home in Richmond, Calif., where he undertook entrepreneurial ventures before moving to Tularosa, near White Sands Missile Range.
At various times, he worked on projects for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, designed and built one of the earliest flight simulators for Bushnell Corporation, constructed working robots for use in Hollywood films, developed self-assembly methods for 'growing' tools, designed devices for preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, and, most recently, worked on building a new type of hybrid engine.
Weisman was an avid automotive hobbyist, spending time during the 1970s and 1980s modifying Volkswagen Beetles with Porsche engines for members of the Oakland Raiders, and building an electric motorcycle that eventually broke the world land speed record. He also enjoyed restoring classic cars.
Weisman was involved in various community activities, including serving on the Marin Amateur Radio Service board and serving as a city of Richmond commissioner, as part of a sister-city program with Shimada, Japan.
Battling cancer, Weisman retired to Tularosa, where he passed peacefully in his sleep March 1, 2008. There will be a brief memorial service at the home March 5.
Weisman is survived by his wife, Sherry Hines; his brothers Howard Weisman and wife Terry, of Fountain Valley, Calif., and Bruce Weisman of Houston; three nephews and a niece; and four grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Weisman's dream was to have his ashes flown into space. Contributions to the A. Weisman Space Fund can be sent to Sherry Hines, 107 Encino, Tularosa, NM 88352.
Cremation will take place locally at PCS, entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 5 to Mar. 19, 2008
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