农业报道 - 巴拉斯开启割草机革命
This is the VOA Special English Agriculture Report.
George Ballas of Houston, Texas, lived a long life. He was a businessman and property developer. A university lecturer and author. A dancer and dance studio owner whose son Corky and grandson Mark followed in his footsteps into the dance world.
And Mr. Ballas was the inventor of the Weed Eater.
The man who found an easier way for people to cut grass and weeds died in Houston on June twenty-fifth. He was eighty-five years old.
|George Ballas with the first Weed Eater|
George Ballas was born in Louisiana. He joined the military at seventeen. He served in World War Two and the Korean War. After the military, he became a dance teacher and executive in the dance school industry.
In the nineteen fifties, he built a dance studio of his own in Houston. People called it the biggest in the world. Dance City USA had one hundred twenty teachers. Mr. Ballas sold the studio in nineteen sixty- four.
20世纪50年代，他在休斯敦创建了自己的舞蹈工作室。人们称之为全球最大的舞蹈工作室。这家名为美国舞蹈城（Dance City USA）的工作室有120名舞蹈教师。1964年，巴拉斯将其转让。
By the early seventies, he was on to the next big thing. The idea had come to him at a car wash. He watched the needle-like bristles of the brushes as they went round and round against his car. Could a similar idea be used to cut grass in places out of reach of someone pushing a lawn mower?
To find out, he placed lengths of fishing line through holes in a tin can. He attached the can to the spinning part of a motorized grass edger. The result? A revolution for millions of people who cut grass for a living or just to keep their neighbors happy.
His invention grew into a company which he later sold.
George Ballas became known as the "Weed King." As he once told the Houston Chronicle, "A Weed Eater comes along once in a lifetime."
Today the idea lives on in a new generation of string trimmers and edgers that people often call weed whackers.
The noise may not be the nicest, but neither is a loud mower. Trimmers work well in corners and along walls and fences. And, as weed expert Bill Curran at Penn State University points out, they avoid the use of chemicals. Or the labor of pulling weeds by hand.
weed whackers割草机的噪音可能不是最低的，但它也不是一种很吵的割草机。它适用于各种角落、围墙和栅栏边。就像宾夕法尼亚州立大学的杂草专家指出的，weed whackers割草机避免了化学品的使用，也避免了手工清除杂草的劳动。
Of course, in the wrong hands, a weed whacker can do damage like any other power tool. The high-speed cutting line can whack pieces out of trees, wood fences, stone surfaces or birdbaths.
In nineteen fifty-two, George Ballas married Maria Louisa Marulanda, a Spanish-flamenco dancer and film actress. They were together for fifty-nine years until his death.
1952年，巴拉斯和西班牙弗拉门戈舞蹈家、电影演员玛丽亚·路易莎·马鲁兰达（Maria Louisa Marulanda）结婚，他们一起度过了59年，直到巴拉斯去世。
And that’s the VOA Special English Agriculture Report, written by Jerilyn Watson. I’m Bob Doughty.