Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Hungry Girl: Grill Up My Healthy Hot Wings For Memorial Day
- Read the Cover Story: Steve Harvey: From Homeless to Having It All
- The Hottest Jewelry Find of the Season? These Ring Cuffs!
- Kim's Kouture Hacks! Kim Kardashian Reveals She Dyed Her Cannes Dress with Tea Bags
- Amber Heard Smiles and Gets Support from a Friend in First Public Outing Since Court Appearance Over Johnny Depp Abuse Allegations
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- October 03, 1977
- Vol. 8
- No. 14
David Alan is a self-taught electronics whiz who will design and manufacture a telephone to fit into almost anything. In the past two years he's crafted phones from a gas mask (below), from beer cans, encyclopedias, vases, lamps, skulls (the eyes light up to signal a call) and into the tummy of a plastic King Kong. "I'm not crazy about plain ringing phones," he says. "I prefer lights or sound effects." One of his early inspirations came from the old Get Smart TV show; Alan built a phone into a man's shoe. The dial was inside, the earpiece was in the sole and the user talked into the heel. He sold it for $17. Alan, 21, began tinkering as a kid in Newton, N.J., where he grew up. By the time he got into high school, he was hooked on telephones. "I guess I made a phone for just about every girl I went out with," he remembers. "I learned as I went. I use mostly standard telephone components, but if I have to fit a particular situation, I can compact a phone by about 60 percent with subminiaturization." A University of Miami dropout, Alan's largest creation to date is a seven-foot hollowed-out tree trunk with a phone inside. The asking price is $3,500. Ma Bell hasn't actually given Alan's extensions the okay but, he says, "My phones are compatible with telephone company equipment just about anywhere. I'm always careful to explain to customers the legalities. I don't run lines or make installations."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!