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Waterbed, Invented by Alum Charles Hall, No Longer a Mainstay Purchase

April 2, 2013
SIOUX CITY JOURNAL -- In 1968, Charles Hall presented the modern waterbed as his master’s thesis project at San Francisco State University. The vinyl mattress filled with water and equipped with a temperature device was designed to be a piece of furniture that would eliminate pressure points and use heat to relax muscles. For the next 20 or so years, waterbeds were hot items — with more than one connotation. Hall created the bed in the year of the “summer of love,” before presenting it as a requirement for his master’s degree. The beds were associated in advertising with the Sexual Revolution. Hugh Hefner allegedly had one covered in Tasmanian possum hair.
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