Can you imagine, someone actually had to invent the trampoline! That person was George Nissen who died five years ago today He was 96.
He created his first “bouncing rig” in 1930 and trademarked the name Trampoline (Spanish for diving board + “e”) in 1937. He had been a tumbler since his youngest days, and he took his rig on the road with a group called The Three Leonardos in the 1930s and 1940s. He lived long enough to see his invention become the equipment for a brand new Olympic sport at Sydney in 2000.
What a fun and interesting life!