The 49-year-old man, Sam Mazzola, was found face down in his waterbed, tied with bondage restraints and had obstructions over his nose and mouth.
It wasn’t the way he had died that gave me pause.
It was where.
People still have those?
I never saw the appeal of waterbeds. I remember my cousins had waterbeds in their home in Mililani. Even back then I thought they were odd. This coming from someone — me — who grew up sleeping on futons instead of beds. I was convinced I’d get seasick trying to sleep on one of those things.
So what ever happened to waterbeds? Do people still use them?
I found an article in TIME dated July 1987 — exactly 24 years ago — that declared, “Oh, Wow, Water Beds Are Back!”
The article reported that the $2 billion waterbed industry — up from $13 million in 1971 — was the fastest-growing segment of the bedding market, accounting for 21 percent of all mattress sales. Back then, beds ranged between $100 and $600, with nearly three-quarters of the buyers older than 30. Many of them chose waterbeds over other kinds of mattresses because of health issues including back pain, arthritis and insomnia.
So where are they now? Anyone know?