The Improved #7 Bunab was the flagship product of Orville K. Snav & Associates, of Mason City Iowa (United States). Orville K. Snav & Associates was run by the late Al Crowder, Assistant to the President. After he passed away, it was run by his wife.
I believe the Bunab was first introduced in the 1950's, but I could be wrong.
The improved #7 Bunab was attractively priced, in spite of its cutting-edge technology. If I recall correctly, when I bought mine (late 1970's), they were $1.35 each, or two for $2.75.
Each Bunab came with a set of instructions, and was marked with its own serial number. The number on my instructions is "41400". The instructions appear below.
Al Crowder believed in the power of the Bunab, but this was certainly not the only product in their line. In fact, Orville K Snav & Associates was blessed with a VARIETY of flagship products.
Like a number of innovative companies, Orville K. Snav &
Associates is unfortunately no longer in business, as far as I
know. (Perhaps, like some famous failed dot-coms, it was an
issue of financial excess: letters from headquarters frequently
referred to the "company's annual 4th of July picnic, still in
So what did the Bunab do? Here's what the
So what did the Bunab do? Here's what the instructions said:
IMPROVED No. 7 BUNAB
will, with reasonable care, give years of trouble-free service. It has been scientifically inspected and checked against the master model at the factory.
Was Todd Rundgren singing about the Bunab in 1975?
In 1975, Todd Rundgren (of "Hello It's Me," and "[I Don't Wanna Work, I Wanna] Bang the Drum All Day" fame) released an album called "Initiation." The song "Fair Warning" begins with a spoken word stanza about how we need to take ownership and that we can't rely on others. He lists all those who "won't do it"...
You know, wishing won't make it so
The phrase in brackets does not appear in the lyric sheet, nor in any publication. To my ears, it sounds like he is saying "The Bunab won't do it." In a 1977 letter to me, the publisher's office said they thought the missing phrase was "The U.N. won't do it." But to me this doesn't make sense. Government agencies are mentioned in the previous section, and he has moved on to amazing technologies like the H bomb. So in the context of the H Bomb, "the Bunab" makes more sense than "the U.N."
If you are aware of any erroneous statements in the above, corrections are welcomed. Please email me. Comments are welcomed, too. But if you are looking for a Bunab, I don't know where you can get one, so please don't waste your time emailing me, even if your professor promised you an A. You might try eBay or half.com. But in all cases, beware of imitations. It's easy to make a counterfeit BunaB. Very easy. And prices in the secondhand (used, auction, etc.) markets can be expensive.
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