New Humor Memoir & Misadventures of a Mad Inventor Published by Outskirts Press

Aerospace engineer, pilot and author Robert E. Gross learns that surviving as an inventor means developing a sense of humor after he’s struck in the head by his first rocket plane at age six.

Bay Minette, AL, October 18, 2012 --( Author, private pilot and aerospace mechanical engineer Robert E. Gross announced today the release of Memoir & Misadventures of a Mad Inventor, Surviving Failed Intentions, published by Outskirts Press. Gross’ humorous tales will keep readers entertained with his adventures and misadventures as a blossoming inventor which run the gamut of his inventing everything from an electric worm extraction device to a lightning powered x-ray machine.

Gross’ early career as an inventor was almost cut completely short by his first effort at inventing and constructing a rocket plane. At the age of six he borrowed one of his brother’s bottle rockets and glued it to the flank of one of his own toy balsa gliders. Within seconds the plane was functioning flawlessly and made a long, high speed backwards loop in the air before it honed right in on the back of young Robert’s head.

Not only did the author learn an important lesson in aeronautics that day, he also managed to teach himself, on the spot, the fine art of extinguishing the fire that was taking place in the hair on the back of his head. However, neither the swelling knot on the back of his head nor the cinders of hair surrounding it discouraged him in the least from continuing on with his ambitious career.

Robert went on testing fate with a harrowing deep diving experiment, a motorized wheelbarrow and a sail powered bicycle. One final, perilous attempt at hitchhiking once again almost ended his fate, but he managed to carry on and become a successful aerospace mechanical engineer, a private pilot and a holder of two distinguished utility patents.

His reflections on the wacky inventions of his youth and his narrow escapes from one mini-disaster after another provide a fascinating memoir for anyone with a scientific bent and an appreciative sense of humor.

Memoir & Misadventures of a Mad Inventor is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-1793-5 SRP: $14.95
Kindle $ 8.99
e-Book $ 5.00
Genre: Autobiography/personal memoirs/humor

About the author:

Robert E. Gross is an aerospace mechanical engineer, a private pilot and the owner of two utility patents. He has one son, resides in southern Alabama with his wife of forty-one years, Kathleen and is now retired. Robert was born and raised in Clinton, Indiana, and studied aviation and electronics at Indiana State University. He spent three years in the Army Signal Corps, with one year of duty as a radio operator in Vietnam.

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