Robert Switzer

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert Switzer was born in Fromberg, Montana back in 1914 to Emmet and Maud. The family moved to Berkeley, California where he attended the public school. In 1932, he received a scholarship from the Scaife Scholarship foundation. He attended college at the University of California, Berkeley studying to be a physician.

In 1933, while working for the H.J. Heinz Company unloading tomatoes from a freight car he fell and suffered several serious injuries which included a skull fracture and damage to his optic nerve, which of course ended his hopes of being a doctor.

It was while he was recovering that he and his brother Joseph discovered something that will forever place them in the history books, so let’s get to it.

He and his brother Joseph was the inventors of the first black light fluorescent paint and the inventor of the Magnaglo process for nondestructive flaw-detection in machined parts. Not bad, not bad at all. That process although refined is still used to this day.

Until tomorrow smile at everyone you meet, I’m sure you’ll get some smiles back

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nothing stopped Robert. He just changed directions! Enjoy your day!

Aug 28, 2018 03:22 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray damaging his vision made it inevitable that he would be the one to invent flourescent paint....

Aug 28, 2018 03:47 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... I know about the black light fluorescent paint... as for the rest, all I can say is "say what?" Truly above my pay grade.

Aug 28, 2018 03:50 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I have to thank him as I just used the product!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 28, 2018 04:35 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is certainly a testament to not letting anything hold you back from doing what you were meant to do!

Aug 28, 2018 05:40 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Never gve up, there is always something out there that someone ca invent and do.


Aug 28, 2018 06:47 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- love this story because it shows us that when you meet bumps or detours in the road, find another way. 

Aug 28, 2018 11:13 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a story about Robert.  Some people cannot be stopped and love he was one of them.  A

Aug 28, 2018 02:33 PM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Considering all the black light posters I had in the 60's this is a welcome history lesson.

Aug 28, 2018 03:29 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Sometimes I wonder how inventors go down the path they do to invent something like black light fluorescent paint. I'll bet it is fascinating.

Aug 28, 2018 05:24 PM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 We are fortunate that you still teach history at James Dray University 🧐...

Aug 28, 2018 09:56 PM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Nice to know that your story had a happy ending after what was such a tragic and devastating fall.  WOW!!

Aug 30, 2018 10:13 PM #12
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