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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ?B Kiiiilds Gazette: Syn., 8. 1971 Can BunaB Add to Life? Ask Inventor By JMI Slesstngf r Drake University Journalism Student DES MOINES (1PDA) What Is a BunaB and how can it add to the betterment of one's life-style? "It's an aid to nicer replied Al Crowder of Mason City, who invented BunaB in as a joke. Crowder, who uad no hob- bies; outside of his music profession, says he is assistant to the president of Orville K. Snav and Associates. Crowder says Snav, a character which suddenly "appeared" in the 1940s, is president of the world's largest BunaB factory, which began from a small kitchen laboratory and grew to an enterprise in 20 years. Crowder claims no one has ever actually seen Snav or is quite sure whether he really exists. To make BunaB, two insu- lated wires (red and blue) were cut in 1 lengths, attached at the ends with yellow plastic .material and placed into an empty trans- parent clarinet reed box. Each was given a serial number, registration card and opera- tion instructions: Means Nothing The word "BunaB" means nothing, -its .inventor says. Seventy-five gimmicks were sent to personal friends, whom Crowder thought might get a "kick'-' out of the inven- tion. They, in turn, received "orders from friends and the BunaB business was born. Orders came from nationwide. The Bu'naBs are patented, but Crowder said no profit is made. The first model, the Im- proved No. 1 BunaB, when used with reasonable care, is supposed to give the owner years of trouble-free service. But it does literally nothing. The registration sheet, packed with each conversation piece, is filled out by each new own- er, complete with comments, and is returned to Snav and Associates. "When ,thc 'registration cards come back, some of the comments are very highly favorable and some people are Crowder ex- plained. Sell Each buyer is officially deemed an "Assistant to the President of Orville K. Snav and About were sold. Because more people want- ed to know about BunaB, four other models were invented. Improved BunaB No. 5 was designed to satisfy people who wanted to play the phonograph simultaneously with watching (and listening) to TV. It can be played at any speed and consists of 40.minutes of sil- ence. The Improved No. 4 BunaB is a dial and pointer with an adhesive back to be attached anywhere. Users can turn the dial from off to on and off again in one direction. BunaB No. 3 is a "between shaves lotion" which contains 100 percent inert ingredients and is purported to be so strong, if one's supply dimin- ishes, he may dilute it with water without a potency loss. It was first sold in Iht- "Giant Economy but is now sold in the "New Giant Petite The Zudirk game (BunaB No. 2) for two or more players is used lo while away the time normally spent using other BunaBs. 39 Counties Crowder said people from 39 countries and of all ages enjoy BunaBs. 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