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The Boston Globe: Staples will scout "Everyday Edisons" audition

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Staples will scout "Everyday Edisons" audition 

The Boston Globe

May 8, 2008



Framingham office supplies giant Staples Inc. will be among several retailers scouting for a few good product ideas when the PBS television show "Everyday Edisons" holds a scheduled casting call in Providence on May 17.

The show, which takes its name from the famous inventor Thomas Edison, said its goal is to educate viewers about what it takes to transform an idea into a product sold on store shelves.

At the casting call set for the Rhode Island Convention Center, inventors will be invited to show off their ideas, and judges will then choose inventions that could be featured on future shows.

An invention featured on a previous show is the SnacDaddy, a two-part serving tray designed for serving chicken wings and disposing of the messy bones afterward. The SnacDaddy mantra? "Where the wings have no shame."

Staples is no stranger to TV exposure. Two years ago, one of its products, the MailMate junk-mail shredder, figured in an episode of the NBC sitcom "The Office."

And a year before that, mega mogul and over-the-top impresario Donald Trump gave contestants on his TV show "The Apprentice" the challenge of inventing an office product for Staples that would make it easy for people to clean up their clutter.

Other retailers who plan to be on hand for the Providence casting call of "Everyday Edisons" include the Home Depot Inc. and Dick's Sporting Goods Inc., according to a press release for the show.

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