The guy you didn't know, but should have.
Rarely, I post on the passing of someone on the blog.
But it isn’t often that someone who has impacted me in a way that warrants it. In 2010, it was my mother, and in 2019 it was Norm Hughes. Other honorable mentions have happened, though direct impact was not the reason for sharing my thoughts.
If you have ever used a video disc, you could thank George. Bought cheap CDs or DVDs? It was a pretty cool development that brother George developed in his optical plastics career, speeding up times and making the CD revolution happen. Your eyeglasses? It was his garage chemistry which made it so that you probably aren’t carrying around heavy glass any longer.
OK, he wasn’t my brother ..brother. But was a warrior. He was my brother in arms, and pushed me to get involved in areas I never had considered, and with positive results. He read this blog, and loved to read all of the authors, and had a few favorites.
George started with nothing. In fact if it is possible, he started with less than nothing. His childhood would have earned urgent visits from CPS if it were to exist today. While a roof over one’s head is good, going to bed with a glass of water next to the bed that would have a film of ice in the morning is not.
George powered through a sickly childhood, and earned his way through engineering and chemistry degrees. He added to all of this with an MBA, and became highly sought after by Union Carbide and Dow, and other firms that benefited from his expertise and management style.
His inventions came about under his own management and he managed to earn 40 patents that are used to this day as basis patents. And when the big guy GE tried to rip his fledgling start up off, he successfully fought them off.
George has been a big supporter of institutions such as Hillsdale, the Mackinac Center, and has provided incredible resources to those who fight for us like Judicial Watch, Pacific Legal, Project Veritas, and about a dozen others.
He left this world with Christ at the sunrise of this morning. My tears are plenty, but not for him, but for the world which will miss him, yet not even know it.
God speed my brother, my best friend and patriot among patriots.
Rest in Peace George, and put a good word in for me, OK?