Slovene inventor powers on at age of 90

Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:39am EST
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By Zoran Radosavljevic

BLED, Slovenia (Reuters Life!) - Peter Florjancic's life has been anything but dull.

The sprightly 90-year inventor has earned and squandered millions, rubbed shoulders with celebrities and tycoons in post-World War Two Monte Carlo, and now works on a new project in this picturesque lake resort.

Florjancic is hardly a household name, but some of his inventions are still used, almost every day. "I have proved one can be mobile and active until the end. Look at me, I am 90 and still working," the impeccably dressed Florjancic said as he demonstrated a series of exercises in a special medical bed he recently designed.

The bed, equipped with gadgets that allow the user to exercise arms, legs and the abdomen, has been mounted in most rooms of hotel Kompas, where he currently lives and works.

Another contraption is called 'water paradise' -- a floating underwater fitness device in which up to six people sit and push underwater plastic pedals.

Both will be publicly promoted in the hotel on November 20.

"This should help attract visitors and make them stay here longer, rather than just visit. With these things, you can get healthy without aspirins or anything," Florjancic said.