Fifty years after Popular Science profiled his alternative vehicle, William Bertelsen is still tinkering away
By Holly OtterbeinPosted 07.31.2008 at 4:27 pm 4 Comments
In 1959, William Bertelsen became the unlikely star of a national science magazine.
He wasn't a scientist. He was the country doctor of Neponset, Ill., his hometown of 500 people; he was married, with three girls and one boy. In all his days at school, he hadn't taken a single class in aerodynamics, and only took one course in physics.
Then, at 38, his career in cooking up futuristic, unorthodox vehicles began.