One could consider this entire blog to be an “ego wall,” but I am referring specifically to the wall behind a professional’s desk that is often littered with diplomas, awards, magazine covers, and so forth. As I consolidate my website into my blog, I am building my virtual ego wall right here.
I do not own the rights to this patent, but it was still a pivotal moment for me when it was finally granted years after the work was complete. After my prior (and in my mind, much more significant) application was denied because it was “too obvious,” getting this one made me feel somehow vindicated.
Almost ten years after the initial filing, this patent was finally granted. The first inventor name listed ended up being someone who had nothing whatsoever to do with the technology (I’ve never met or spoken to her), but her husband paid the patent lawyers, so I guess I can’t complain too much.
This award is particularly meaningful to me because it showed that the captioning products I was designing mattered to the people that really needed them. I’ve been a captioning advocate for a long time, and it’s always felt somewhat abstract. An award like this makes it feel real.
The Aug 2, 1993 issue of Forbes Magazine featured a profile of me written by Joseph R. Garber. I’m not a fan of the way they described the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and TDCA (Television Decoder Circuitry Act), as I’m a big supporter of both bills. Despite that, I thought the article was a good one.
There’s a story on my credential, and stories are probably best told in blog posts. Therefore, I direct you to “Of College Degrees and Teaching Credentials.”