By Rachel M. Anderson, Freelance Writergood_news_I_failed


(Brooklyn Park, Minn.) – Since the death of Apple’s Steve Jobs, there has been a lot of talk in this country about innovation and the need for more of it. President Barack Obama shined a spotlight on the need for more innovators during a speech on Nov. 1, 2011.


He said, “From inventing the traffic light to developing the artificial heart, our Nation's doers, makers, and entrepreneurs have proven time and again that, in America, it takes only a single good idea and the courage to pursue it to change history.”


Who will have that next great idea? Doug Cornelius, the son of one of Minnesota’s most prolific inventors, hopes it will be a young person who reads his new novel, Good News -- I Failed: A Story of Inventing in Minnesota (Mill City Press, $13.95, Dec. 2011).


Good News -- I Failed is the story of what happens during 14-year-old Josh Lindstrom’s three day trip to Luverne, Minnesota to visit with his sick grandfather. Ralph Lindstrom is an inventor who is hard at work on a project, and is determined to live up to the legacy of 80 great inventors who preceded him.


During the trip, Josh learns about the contributions of scores of these Minnesota inventors, whose ideas have had a huge impact on the world we live in today. Among the inventions highlighted in the book that were developed by Minnesotans, are pacemakers, the radar duplexer, GPS, Bobcat loaders, in-line skates, shopping bags with handles, and drink dispensers -- all still used throughout the world today.


The latter were invented by Richard Cornelius, the author’s father, who died in 1978 and was inducted into the Minnesota Inventor’s Hall of Fame two years later. “We need to stress the importance of innovation. We need to encourage our kids to be thinking about ideas and not to be frustrated by failure along the way,” said Cornelius. Growing up the son of one of Minnesota’s most prolific inventors, Doug Cornelius learned early on to never give up. Doug’s father filed 180 patents during his lifetime.


When a medical condition forced him to retire from his job at Target, where he worked in technology procurement, Cornelius’ son decided to pay tribute to his father and other Minnesota inventors through a book. “I wanted to encourage more innovation and thought this would be a good way to do it,” he says. “I hope that the wonderful stories of dedication and persistence on the part of some great people, often under extraordinary circumstances, can serve as inspiration for these young thinkers.”


Now he is looking forward to getting the message out around the state about Good News -- I Failed: A Story of Inventing in Minnesota. The book retails for $13.95 and is available at bookstores,, and through the author’s website,


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