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TrueFortune Cookies did not come into being by accident or a fluke.
TrueFortune Cookies was conceived, created, designed and brought to life by a man who not only is a visionary but a rocket scientist, mechanical engineer, designer, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, hypnotherapist, counselor, marketing executive - and entrepreneur.
Lunar Excursion Module - Supervised the mechanical design for the rocket engine for this space vehicle which landed the first astronauts on the moon. This engine had a 10/1 variable thrust and is the only engine ever produced in the U.S. with a variable thrust.
Satellites - Designed a hermetically-sealed explosive release mechanism for satellites.
London’s Millennium Bridge - Designed the hermetically-sealed damper with infinite life that was later used to control pedestrian-induced vibrations on the bridge. Previous to the installation of the dampers the bridge swayed so much that it couldn’t be used.
Ships - Invented a system for supporting the inertial systems of ships to protect them from depth charge-induced shock, yet allow them to retain very precise alignment.
Chatty Cathy Doll - Designed the talking mechanism for this doll which was the very first talking mechanism ever for dolls that could utter multiple sentences.
Lee was born and raised in Chicago, Ilinois. He migrated to California to attend California Insitute of Technology (Cal Tech) in Pasadena where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechnical Engineering. During that time, he was married and subsequently had three children. Years later, he would continue his education at the University of Southern California (USC) from which he obtained a Ph.D in mechanical engineering, and much later a Masters degree in Counselor Education. While at USC, he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship Society.
During the course of his professional career, which has spanned six decades, Lee amased a diversified background of work experience, ranging from research and science to manufacturing and psychological counseling to self-help education and marketing. It has been a career distingished not only by its diversity but by a record of innovation and creative achievements.
· Garrett AiResearch (Designer) - His first work position, Lee designed the test equipment that ensured that motors, turbines and other
engine parts worked properly.
· Firestone Tire and Rubber (Designer) - Working in its Guided Missile Division, Lee designed rocket engines, valves and other parts for
the Corporal II missile, the nation’s first ballistic missile.
· Weber Aircraft (Designer) - Lee designed ejection seats for the B52 airplane.
· Mattel (Designer) - Lee designed the talking mechanism for the Chatty Cathy doll.
TrueFortune Cookies is now Lee’s passion and focus. Noting that his wife’s opinion on his new endeavor was something to the effect of why was he doing it and couldn’t he find something useful to do, he offered this assessment:
“As long as I can remember my entire adult life has been productive. I have designed innumerable rather complicated machines and patented many of them. I have been responsible and relatively inoffensive (with a few lapses). The TrueFortune Cookie is my very first venture with no purpose, no redeeming value and no prospect of remuneration. I’m old enough to have given up saving for my old age, old enough to have more sense but not old enough to stop caring - so let’s have some fun!
To be determined…but if Lee’s past history is any barometer, it won’t be dull and it will be meaningful!
Taylor Devices (West Coast Technical Director) - During his employment with this company, which manufacturers dampers and shock absorbers, Lee invented and patented several products. He also functioned in marketing and sales and was awarded salesman of the year for the United States.
Marriage and Family Therapist/Private Practice - After receiving his degree from USC, Lee opened a practice in Beverly Hills and counseled individuals and couples.
Hypnotherapist/Private Practice - Lee obtained a licensed from the state of California and began using hypnotherapy in his practice. This led to him creating and producing a series of “Guided Relaxation” audio tapes which he marketed on subjects such as losing weight, relieving stress and stopping smoking, etc.
Government Consultant - Lee occasionally consulted for various government entities. One such assignment resulted in the Los Angeles City Council starting a seismic vulnerability evaluation program for all structures in the city.