Alum Charlie Hall Bringing Back the Waterbed, Which He Invented as SF State Grad Student

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TORONTO STAR -- But are we ready for Waterbeds 2.0?

Back in May 1970, Hall’s waterbed was featured in a Playboy spread. “I remember we had to do the bed in velvet, I think maybe green velvet.”

Subtlety was not part of the original waterbed ethos. Some came in gargantuan, four-poster wooden frames — such as the 1976 “Jungle Bed.”

It all began with Hall’s graduate school thesis at San Francisco State University. “I talked to doctors, physical therapists, even some psychiatrists, trying to put together elements of comfort that work,” he says.