jell-o was reinvented fifty years later and patented by a new yorker named pearl wait, who failed to sell it door to door.
wait's jell-o was such a flop that he sold the company for a few hundred dollars to orator woodward, who couldn't make a go of jell-o either. in 1899 he offered it to on of his employees for $35.
he was turned down.
by 1906 woodward's company was selling $1 million worth of jell-o a year. little more was heard from the guy who could have had all that for only $35.