Treadmill inventor William Staub jogged in place until the end
Mechanical engineer William Staub, credited with bringing the treadmill out of doctors’ offices and getting them into homes and gyms, has died at 96.
“William Staub, who took the treadmill — that ubiquitous piece of exercise equipment that is loved and loathed by millions — into homes and gyms, has died. He was 96 and had been spied on a treadmill as recently as two months ago.
Staub, a mechanical engineer, built and marketed his first treadmill in the late 1960s — 40 steel rollers covered by an orange belt, a gray cover over the motor, and orange dials to determine time and speed. Staub envisioned it as a tool for people who wanted to run or walk outside but didn’t because of inclement weather, less-than-ideal circumstances or creative excuses, his son said.”
Without William Staub, we’d all be using Tony Little’s Gazelle. Think about that.