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Memorial unveiled for Body Glove founders

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- The Southern California city of Redondo Beach has unveiled a bronze statue of the twin brothers who founded Body Glove.

The Daily Breeze reports that (http://bit.ly/1ozSvKU) the sculpture of Bob and Bill Meistrell was revealed Thursday during a ceremony at the brothers' favorite spot, Seaside Lagoon.

The pair were born in Missouri but moved to Southern California to work as life guards.

In 1953, they invented the wetsuit so they could keep diving in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The resulting business, Body Glove, is still family-owned and does more than $200 million in business each year.

Bill Meistrell died of Parkinson's disease in 2006.

Bob Meistrell suffered a heart attack last June while working in the engine room of his boat.

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