Frank Zamboni was created 112 years ago, on Jan. 16, 1901, the third kid of Francesco Giuseppe and Carmelina Masoero, both of whom had immigrated from Tuscany. Honest increased up on close relatives members village, in Eureka, The state of utah, and proved helpful from a young age as a auto mechanic – according to one bio, he was brought out of 9th quality to assist his dad in the areas. In 1920, Frank's sibling, Henry, started out a garage area in Southeast Florida, and Honest followed him there.
Later, after a stint at Coyne Business School in Chi town, Honest and a third sibling, Lawrence, went into business under the aegis of Service Electric powered, later known as the Zamboni Bros. Company. Lawrence and Honest did mostly electric and exploration work, but they also found a chance to create an ice-making flower, and offer big prevents of ice to close by generate packaging vegetation.
In 1940, Frank Zamboni, now kids members man – he would wedded Norda Ileta Chamberlain in 1923, and together he and Norda had three kids – assisted open an inside rink known as Iceland, in Critical, Calif. At enough time, inside ice skate boarding was increasing in reputation, and Iceland was a success, but there was a significant problem: it was hard to keep the ice nice and clean.
From the 1988 Los Angeles Times obituary for Zamboni:
It took five men 90 minutes each night to lay down a new sheet of ice. [Frank] Zamboni devoted the next eight years to replacing those five men and, when he did, it was with a machine only its mother could love. The awkward Model A Ice Resurfacer No. 1 sat on two old Dodge front ends and was powered by a war surplus jeep engine. A wooden bin caught the ice shavings. Despite its appearance, it resurfaced the ice in 15 minutes after scraping it, gathering up the shavings, washing the surface and then laying down a coat of fresh hot water that was spread by a towel.
These days, that "Model A Ice Resurfacer No. 1" is more typically referred to simply as a "Zamboni." A patent was granted in 1953, and by the late '60s, Frank Zamboni was selling machines to rinks and NHL franchises across the country. (Interesting side note: Zamboni initially wanted to call his company the "Paramount Engineering Company," but the name was taken, and he was forced to settle for his last name.)
Since the 1970s, the standard Zamboni machine has been the 500 series, which boasts a liquid-cooled engine; an "emission-free" Model 560AC electric resurfacer is also available. (Car and Driver has posted a pretty cool look at the controls of a 500 series Zamboni resurfacer.)
Frank Zamboni, who would have turned 112 today, died on July 27, 1988, in Long Beach, California. He was 87.