STEPHEN'S GALLERY

Over the many years of producing the multi-faceted INVENTION CONVENTION® trade shows, I've had the privilege and honor of meeting many living legends of the "World of InventingTM. On occasion, I've even met a celebrity or two! Here's a few snapshots of some of these greats, pictured with yours truly.

[In Alphabetical Order]

Eddie Albert
Stephen with actor Eddie Albert at the Invention Convention® trade show. Albert is fondly remembered as the star of "Green Acres", the TV sitcom about a New York lawyer who moves his city-enamoured wife [Eva Gabor] to settle down on a farm, which aired from 1965-1971. His acting credits include a long list of movies, TV shows, and guest appearances over his 60-year career.


Donald W. Banner
Stephen with the distinguished Donald W. Banner at the Invention Convention® trade show. Mr. Banner practices in the Washington, D.C. office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2001-2002. He has served as U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, and has held numerous positions including: Chairman of the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section; Head of the U.S. delegation to International Conferences on Revision of the Paris Convention; Member, United States Delegation to the Conferences establishing the Patent Cooperation Treaty; Chairman of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel; Trustee of the Licensing Executives' Society; President of the American Patent Law Association; Chairman of the International Patent and Trademark Association; Chairman of The Foundation for A Creative America celebrating the bicentennial of the patent and copyright laws in the U.S.; and Co-founder and President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Courts. Mr. Banner has written extensively and lectured widely throughout the United States and in many foreign countries on topics relating to intellectual property, and has frequently testified before Committees of the United States Congress.


Don Kracke
Stephen with Don Kracke at the Richard J. Riordan Central Public Library in Downtown Los Angeles. Don Kracke, inventor and best-selling author, holds 11 patents, 86 trademarks, and 1,206 copyrights. He has created 2,300 different new products that have generated in excess of one billion dollars in retail sales and has served as the creative consultant to Campbell's Soups, Coca-Cola, General Mils, K-Mart, Mattel, Sears Roebuck, Target and Wal-Mart. He has made guest appearances as a new product development expert on thirty-four different television shows, including Nightline, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the CBS Evening News, and the Regis Philbin Show. He is the winner of 217 awards for advertising, merchandising and marketing design excellence. His classic book on inventing "Turn Your Idea or Invention into Millions" has recently been republished.


Dr. Paul MacCready
Stephen with Dr. Paul MacCready at the Invention Convention® trade show. In 1977 MacCready was dubbed "the father of human-powered flight" when his Gossamer Condor made the first sustained, controlled flight by a heavier-than-air craft powered solely by the pilot's muscles. For the feat he received the prestigious $95,000 Henry Kremer Prize. Two years later, his team created the Gossamer Albatross, a 70-pound craft with a 96-foot wingspan that achieved a human-powered flight across the English Channel. The flight took almost three hours and won the new Henry Kremer Prize of $213,000, the largest cash prize in aviation history at the time. MacCready founded AeroVironment in 1971, a company which has turned its innovative systems into large, breakthrough commercial ventures.


Stanley I. Mason, Jr.
Stephen with Stanley I. Mason, Jr., Stanley I. Mason Jr. is President and CEO of Simco Inc., a think tank organization formed in 1973 to foster inventive genius - which has created over 100 new products for more than forty Fortune 500 companies. He was honored as Inc. Magazine's "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1989, and is reknown as the "Wizard of Inventing". Products he has created include the squeezable plastic ketchup bottles, Double Clear Clearasil, Band Aids, Playtex tampons, square plastic milk bottles, Frito-Lay Corn Chip Bags, Masonware microwave cookware, disposable diaper, granola bar, burglar alarm that hangs on door knob. A partial listing of his clients include Colgate-Palmolive, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Playtex, Hunt Wesson Foods, Nestle, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neutrogena, Vidal Sassoon, Tupperware, Lipton Tea. Mr. Mason has lectured throughout the United States, and participated as a frequent Keynote Speaker at the Invention Convention® in Los Angeles in the "Masters of the Invention Process" seminar series. He is the author of "Inventing Small Products" published by Crisp Publications.


Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats
Stephen with Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats. Media from around the world have proclaimed him as the Edison of Japan. He has been credited with over 3000 inventions and is said to hold more patents than Thomas Edison. Among them, the floppy disc and 16 patents licensed to IBM. NakaMats was a keynote speaker at the Invention Convention® trade show.

Jack Ryan
Stephen with Jack Ryan, who invented Hot Wheels®, Chatty Cathy, and was alledgedly the inventor of the Barbie® Doll and 95% of Mattel's products over a 20-year span. Prior to Mattel, he worked for Raytheon and the Aerospace and designed the Navy's Sparrow III Guided Missile and the Army's Hawk Missile. Ryan passed away in 1989.


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