PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - You’ve heard of college students inventing products from their dorm rooms. What about a 91-year-old launching her invention from a Phoenix retirement community?
For more than 40 years, great-grandmother Nancy Pettibone ran a corporate multi-million-dollar business that required her to travel all over the world and deal with snow and downpours. Pettibone remembered wanting a product that would protect her shoes from getting wet.
“I hated carrying my boots. I started taking baggies with me to put on my feet with rubber bands around them,” said Pettibone.
She did a quick online search and realized all these years later, nothing like that had been invented yet. She hired a chemist and a marketing company to create her invention, the “Disposaboots.” All despite being 91 years old.
“The 90s are the new 80s. I know it is unusual for somebody in their 90s to be doing this. If I had to do it over again, I would have done it right when I retired,” said Pettibone.
But it’s not all work for Pettibone in retirement.
“I do play bridge three times a week,” said Pettibone.
Her product will be sold on , and on , starting at around $5 a pair. While most people her age are looking back, Pettibone said she is ready for her next step.