Copyright 1998 Southam Inc. The Gazette (Montreal) September 22, 1998, Tuesday, FINAL EDITION Pg. A10 Want to be Superman?: Inventor has the suit NORTH BAY NUGGET DATELINE: NORTH BAY, Ont. After 12 years of work and a cost of $ 1.2 million, inventor Troy Hurtubise has perfected a space-age suit that he says can withstand bear attacks, firearms, flames or even a mob armed with bats and knives. But the latest version of his virtually impregnable suit, the G-Man Genesis, is being kept under wraps until Oct. 9. That's when Hurtubise will unveil the suit at the Ig Nobel Prize Awards at Harvard University, and give a keynote address to an audience expected to include Nobel Prize winners. The Ig Nobel awards celebrate the lighter side of science: the interesting oddities and scientists who do not fit the traditional mold, say organizers in Cambridge, Mass. Hurtubise filed for bankruptcy over a year ago but investors have since emerged to help fund his project. "It is beyond comprehension what this thing looks like," the 34-year-old inventor said of his suit. "Even though RoboCop was fiction, if you stuck him beside the G-Man, he couldn't even stand in his shadow." Hurtubise, a graduate in natural-resources technology from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ont., had originally planned to use the suit for close-quarter bear research. But with the evolution of the suit and the addition of specialized features, other applications were suggested, including bomb-disposal, mine rescues, firefighting, riot control and handling radioactive material. One scientist was interested in using the suit to study active volcanoes. Hurtubise said he can run, jump and drive a car while wearing the suit. "This suit will do things we have never done before and change firefighting forever. I've got better movement than an astronaut," he said. "After all these years, it is nice to be thought of seriously instead of being viewed as some crazy guy out chasing bears," he added. GRAPHIC: Photo: JAMES FORSYTH, NORTH BAY NUGGET / Inventor Troy Hurtubise attracted a crowd in a North Bay park by demonstrating the cooling unit for the arm of his G-Man Genesis suit.