We, who are privileged to be PDR technicians, must give thanks to the true pioneers that invented the process that so many of us count on for our livelihoods. Decades ago, I believe no one person really knows the exact year. Some say the fifties, the first ding was repaired by a talented individual with some type of tool on an assembly line in Germany. Sure wish we knew the name of this person and could see that tool. Like many industries, ours too has progressed. The tool makers today have continued expertly crafting some time saving gems along with many helpful accessories and lighting, and let me not forget the glue pullers. How we kept our sanity in the early years without them is absolutely astonishing. I'm still an old hail tech by design and have kept many of my first tools designed by Jerry Blehm (A1 tools) who was the first, to my knowledge, in mass producing PDR rods and hand tools. Dentcraft have some amazing shaved whale tails and hook tools, a far cry from the wire tools used before (don't flip them). Kboom lights were incredibly light weight. Ansons 4 wheeled light was the standard for many years and the light of choice today for the dentgeek. Although, after seeing many reviews by some top techs around the country over the past few years, I now have an eye on the new 3 strip LEDs. It's gonna be a tough decision because all of my lights have been given names over the years (attic dwellers now) . Neatly placed though. The old girl, "Make Em' Smile", who accompanies me on my daily journeys these days is still standing strong with some tender loving care and a few adjustments. Alright, enough rambling (you see, Pastor Johnson, even in this blog I'm a bit talkative). Can't help myself. I'm part of one of the neatest industries ever. So "he who created Paintless dent repair", as an old AC/DC song says, "We salute you". Yes, a child of early eighties rock.
Continued success to all and to those still searching, maybe your the next great pioneer.
Congrats to Shane Jacks, the 2013 international dent olympic champion.
-As a footnote, Please excuse any punctuation and/or grammatical errors.