WATCH: Google Doodle Honors The Zamboni
Today’s Google Doodle honors the 112th birthday of the late Frank Zamboni, who invented the Zamboni Ice Resurfacer 60 years ago. If you click on the Doodle, small ice skaters and hockey player will skate along the surface of an ice rink, followed by a person on a Zamboni Ice Resurfacer who smoothes everything out. But the real fun comes when you click on the Doodle again to play the interactive game in which you control the person on the Zamboni and are tasked with resurfacing the rink. There is a catch, though, as you only have a limited amount of fuel and must watch out for slippery banana peels.
Zamboni is responsible for many facilities-related inventions, including ways to stop ice rinks from rippling, as well as devices to manage water and paint on turf, but his most famous invention was the Zamboni Ice Resurfacer, which he invented in 1949 and acquired a patent for four years later, using Jeep chassis as the base of his machine.
Zamboni died in 1988, but his legacy lives on. His machine has been popularized by its use in the National Hockey League, and he a member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. What’s more, over 10,000 Zamboni Ice Resurfacers have been sold by his company, which is still run by his family. —Hal Sundt