SMALL BUSINESS: High & Dry

Dee Givens, 37, a Chicagoan with bright blue eyes and bright new ideas, always wanted to be a nurse. But after she started to work, she had some doubts. Most of her patients were babies and they were usually a little soggy. So, off-duty, she tried to develop a waterproof outer diaper. She finally devised a "Dri-ette," two pieces of flannel bonded to a waterproof center which eliminated the objections of many mothers to rubber pants. The Dri-ette was not patentable but it did the trick. Babies could get wet, but nobody else would.

In her spare time Dee Givens...

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