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News - February 24, 2012

South Court's 'gadget guy'

Artist and designer Neal Ormond creates flamethrowers, armored vehicles in his back yard

by Sue Dremann

It was a warm fall evening on the Stanford University campus several years ago and students were celebrating the Full Moon on the Quad, Stanford's annual bacchanalian welcoming ritual, which pairs incoming freshmen with seniors. Neal Ormond soared up in the JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser, flames shooting out from the armored tank he built by hand. Students cheered and the Stanford Marching Band noisily cavorted among the celebrants.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

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