Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

Performance Notes

Sunday, May 31, 2020, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door | $5 for youth
Foss Miller - The Sawbones Story—An Innovative Island Enterprise

Foss Miller was a young, Washington State University engineering graduate when in 1972 he went to work for K2 Skis on Vashon Island. Three years later he was head of his own business, by chance developing and manufacturing a few plastic bones for the University of Washington Medical School that cut, drilled, and felt like real bones. For the first time, students studying orthopedic surgery could practice techniques, a hands-on methodology found to be superior to the then-practice of watching another surgeon at work. Other medical schools soon began placing orders, and Sawbones soon became one of the nation’s largest purveyors of artificial bones. Besides bones, the company today manufactures everything from hearts, livers, and lungs to plastic skulls and bovine pelvises. Miller will describe his remarkable journey and some other innovative projects being developed by parent company Pacific Research Laboratories.


This is a general admission performance - the seats are on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive at the venue.

Doors open 1/2 hour prior to start of performance.