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Dr. Harold Gores

Born: Sept. 20, 1909
Educator and first president of Education Facilities Laboratories in New York

in 1964 hired Monsanto Co. to produce a synthetic turf that kids could play on in city schoolyards; resulting ChemGrass proved too expensive for playground use, but it was just what the Houston Astros were looking for in 1966 to cover the floor of the Astrodome, where grass refused to grow. Thus, AstroTurf was born.

Died: May 28, 1993

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