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Father Of Invention

Meet a man who holds more than 60 U.S. patents. (You might learn a thing or two!)

Most of us know the stories of Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and Benjamin Franklin--American inventors who demonstrated great ingenuity. But how come it's so difficult for most of us to name a modern-day inventor? Our focus on whom to admire seems to have shifted from those who improve our lives to those who entertain us. Well, allow me to introduce a living, breathing inventor who has undoubtedly changed your life.

The next time you peel open a Band-Aid, bite into a granola bar, wear a plastic-underwire bra, squeeze a ketchup bottle, use microwave cookware or wrap a contoured disposable diaper around a baby's bottom, thank 76-year-old Stanley I. Mason.

Mason's inventions are as diverse as his background. He's studied in several fields and worked for many companies, including Hunt Foods, Kimberly-Clark and Volvo. Today, he's president of Simco Inc., a Weston, Connecticut, think tank he established in 1973. As Simco's client list reveals, many Fortune 500 companies have looked to Mason to invent or improve their products. The reason is clear: He has a long track record of success.

Tomima Edmark is the inventor of the TopsyTail and several other products, and is author of The American Dream Fact Pack ($49.95), available by calling (800) 558-6779. Questions regarding inventions and patents may be sent to "Bright Ideas," Entrepreneur, 2392 Morse Ave., Irvine, CA 92614.

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This article was originally published in the August 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Father Of Invention.

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