January 1, 2009

Inventor retires New Year’s glasses

One of the inventors of New Year's Eve novelty glasses with numbers for eyeholes said the 2009 version was the last to be produced by his Seattle company.

Richard Sclafani, who thought up the idea for the glasses with friend Peter Cicero in 1990, said the idea took off and business peaked in the first double-zero year, 2000, when half a million pairs of the glasses were sold, the New York Post reported Thursday.

Sclafani said his company is discontinuing the glasses for reasons including falling business due to competitors and the aesthetic challenges of making a pair of glasses for 2010.

It doesn't look very good for 2010. You wind up with a '1' in front of one of your eyes, Sclafani said.