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Lamar Kishlar: Blondes Beware

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George Ridenour
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Ypsilanti Historical Society
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In the last issue of the Gleanings I told the story of Lamar Kishlar from Ypsilanti who gained international fame for his work with iron lungs and other devices to medicate the effects of polio, and K-rations. Further information was discovered in the Friday, June 23, 1944 issue of the Cass City Chronicle which seems to indicate that in addition to having a brilliant, inventive mind Kishlar was also somewhat of a comedian. New Ray Shows Up Peroxide Blondes – But A lot of Nice Things May Come Out of It: “…Dr. Lamar Kishlar is a neat, bespectacled, mustached scientist. He was having a lot of fun with a new black ray of light that brings out the best in interior decorating and the worst in women. Dr. Kishlar is the research manager of a livestock feed company which also dabbles in breakfast food (Ralston Purina). Dr. Kishlar dabbled in many things including how to make a peroxide blonde’s hair turn green and false teeth show up as phonies with a little beam of light that you can’t see. The black ray is a variation of the ultra-violet ray. Dr. Kishlar thinks that it is going to throw light on a number of things in the future. “One wave-length will produce a nice suntan, without inflaming the more tender areas.” explained Kishlar, “Another wavelength will tenderize any cut of beef. Still another will sterilize an ice-box, or if you want to go into it wholesale, an entire hospital.” Kishlar’s interest in his invisible ray is chiefly in its effect on food, but it includes its possibilities in interior decoration. People, fabrics, rubies and vitamins glow fluorescent under the ray. Any girl is a glow girl. “Take for instance a cocktail lounge.” said Kishlar, “A hidden ray will make carpets, tablecloths, napkins and cocktail glasses shine – but there will be only a discreet suggestion of actual illumination. The female customers will shine no matter how dull. Their teeth, eyes, fingernails, rubies and diamonds will gleam. The girl with the sound teeth who drinks milk and gets plenty of calcium will look super-dentaled, but the girl whose teeth came from the dentist had better inquire about the lighting before entering the bar of tomorrow. False teeth look black under Kishlar’s revealing little ray. Peroxide hair may turn a ghastly green under the ray. (George Ridenour is a volunteer in the YHS Archives and a regular contributor to the Gleanings.) Photo Captions:
Photo 1: Lamar Kishlar was born in Ypsilanti in 1894 and later became well known for his work with cooking oils, soybeans and support equipment for the iron lung. He was named President of the American Oil Chemists’ Society in 1943.