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68. I made it to Everyday Edisons, Season 2 May 9, 2007

Posted by Matt Fleming, PsyD in Everyday Edisons, Uncategorized.


Wow. I got on the PBS show, Everyday Edisons (EE), Season 2. I am so excited and blessed. My table-top game was one of the 12 inventions picked from about 10,000, for development, marketing, and production via EE and Bouncing Brain (BB) Productions.

To start at the beginning of my EE journey, click HERE.

To simply read a lengthy post about the announcement this past weekend, click on…

Though I got my notarized annuity agreement back to EE after the deadline last week (always the procrastinator, I am), I was still considered to be in the top 25 vying for the final 12-14 spots for EE.2. The announcement of whether or not I was actually chosen was schedule for that Sunday, 5/6.

On a sunny Sunday, I went with my wife to the 4 pm meeting time at the new USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) in Alexandria, VA, conveniently 10 minutes away from my new home. It is an awesome new building (see HERE), and announcement was being filmed in the USPTO Museum.

Outside, I bumped into a fellow finalist as we tried to figure out how to get into the building. He was a very friendly Chinese man (I think) from Maryland, there for his 4:30 appointment. He didn’t speak very good English, and I don’t speak any Mandarin or Cantonese, so we weren’t able to discuss our inventions or experience.

I was excited and running late, and was about to barge into the previous announcement being filmed at that moment, but the EE camera man signaled me to wait outside the Museum.

Around 4 pm, the beautiful and sweet Meredith Beck (Communication Specialist) came to greet me, and lead us into the Museum, to a back room, for the pre-announcement interview. I met the camera man, Daniel, and he miked me up. Meredith asked several questions (How did I come up with the invention? How did my friend convince me to go to the auditions? What would making it on the show mean to me?). I bumbled some answers (I sure hope they edit me well) and was clearly nervous (the camera man even commented on my nervousness). After the questions, they lead me out to the main part of the museum (pictured below).

For the announcement, I sat in a chair in front of a table, waiting. Meredith commented on the huge glass-enclosed shoe in the room, saying it was Shaquille O’Neil‘s, and it was size 23. (Note: this was a good sign, since the number 23 has had personal and synchronistic significance for me for many years now: see the 23 Enigma).

Then, Louis Foreman, one of the executive producers of EE and the founder of Enventys, came from “backstage” and approached me. He began to talk about all the great inventions they had come across during the auditions, over 10,000, and eventually said something about the toughest part of his job is telling people their invention didn’t make it onto the show. More anxiety crept in for me, and I thought that I would become the token deflatee for the show, to make for good viewing as a contrast to the other happy winners.

But, no, Louis would not be having to break bad news to me, since I was chosen to be one of the final 12 for Season 2! I was speechless. I think I said “Wow” a few times. I felt humbled and grateful, like a life-sentenced convict being pardoned and released from prison for good-behavior. I was also aware of the camera and feeling the pressure to say something clip-worthy, like “I am going to DisneyLand!” I couldn’t come up with much more than “Wow,” and “Thanks so much.” Louis gave me permission/reminded me to hug my wife, who was off-camera.

On the way back to the previous small room for the post-interview, I felt a surge of energy. I shook some of it out. By the time I got in the room, my face and hands were tingling, and I felt like I was going to pass out. I took a moment to collect myself, and answered a few more questions (Like how does it feel? What does this mean to me? What word sums up the moment? “Surreal”).

Louis came in to congratulate me again. He asked if I had seen Season 1 yet, and I told him, not yet, because it hasn’t been shown in my area. He mentioned that the next step would be filming a home visit in about a month, with production starting soon after. Louis ended with some encouragement to go celebrate (which I did).

On the way out, I wished the Chinese man good luck, and when I got outside, I ran around a little bit to burn some of the energy, and then I started crying for a moment.

This is really a dream come true for me. I have many ideas, but I don’t have what is needed to bring them to fruition. EE and BB will be the team I need to help me take this pivotal and huge step towards becoming an inventor. As I mentioned in the post-interview, making the show was a moment that was 33 years in the making for me. I can’t wait for what lies ahead.

I will keep you, my curious reader, updated every step of the way. And I thank you for being a small part of this journey with me.



1. Fred Shapiro - May 9, 2007

Congrats to you Spark. We will look for you on Season 2.!

2. Butch Rhodus - May 10, 2007


That is a great story and I look forward to following you on the show next season!


3. 2sents - May 11, 2007

Way to go Sparkbugg!!

4. VALERIE DAVIS - June 4, 2007



5. SparkBugg - June 6, 2007

To all: Thanks so much for your support.

Valerie: Thanks much for your comments. Is your husband on part 1 or 2 of the first season, and what is the invention? How exciting. I wish you both continued success.


6. Mingwe - July 12, 2007

Congratulations to you! Thanks for your kind mention about me. I am the Chinese man and I also got on PBS show in season 2a.

7. xxx - October 16, 2007

great story…congratulations on all your success.

8. Caroline Munoz - November 16, 2007

Congratulations! One question – how did you find out about the first interviews, I have seen no advertising about any of these auditions and I would really like to give my ideas a try. Thanks.

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