Everyday Edisons on Nine PBS Highlights St. Louis Inventor

Friendship Inspired South County Man to Design Revolutionary Prosthetic Hand

St. Louis, MOJuly 19, 2012—South St. Louis resident Dave Vogt was born without a left hand, so his friend Mark Stark of Affton, a mechanical designer at Emerson, made him one. Both men will be featured on Everyday Edisons, a half-hour program that will be broadcast on the Nine Network of Public Media on Sunday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m.

In the program, Stark tells how his friendship with Vogt inspired him to craft a better prosthetic in his home shop. He explains the challenges he overcame during the years-long process that led to his final design. The Everyday Edisons development team explores whether the hand that Stark built can be marketed as the most economical prosthesis in decades. Interestingly, Stark does not design prosthetics professionally. For his “real” job he designs gas valves for furnaces, water heaters and dryers.

Stark has already garnered some notoriety from the show; his invention was featured on the June 2011 cover of Popular Science magazine.

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St. Louisan Dave Vogt (L) was born without a hand, so his friend Mark Stark (R) of Affton fabricated one for him. Their story and Stark’s invention are featured on Everyday Edisons, broadcast Sunday, August 5 at 10:00 a.m. on Nine PBS.