Modern Living: Time for Spiro

Q. Have you heard what Mickey Mouse is wearing these days? A. A Spiro Agnew watch.

When Dr. Hale Dougherty of Anaheim, Calif., first heard the joke, he laughed. Then he stopped and thought. Then he laughed some more at his new notion: Why not create the real thing?

Commissioned by Dougherty, a graduate student at Caltech whipped up the face design (a cartoon of Agnew with the gloved minute hand forming the peace sign), and a Swiss company turned out a trial run of 2,000 watches. A neighbor's daughter contributed the company name by mispronouncing Dougherty, and Dirty Time, Inc., started ticking...

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