In 1907 a man named Leo Baekeland changed our world forever. Leo was a Belgian chemist best known for his invention of Velox Photographic Paper in 1893. In 1907 Leo was deemed “The Father of the Plastic Industry” for his invention of Bakelite, an inexpensive, nonflammable, and versatile plastic which started the modern plastic industry we know today.
Now there is an amazing documentary about Leo’s life and his invention Bakelite called “All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic.” We have on the show today two men who brought this project to life. We have the Director of the film John Maher, and the Executive Producer of the film Hugh Karraker. Hugh is also the Great Grandson of Leo Baekeland. Together they talk about the movie, Hugh’s incredible great grandfather and how he changed our lives forever with his invention of plastic.
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