David Lee: From Space Travel To Chatty Kathy Doll He Is Still Inventing In His Late 80’s

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PodcastMy guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is often referred to as the man of many visions.

And when you see in bold type on his website “The best way to predict how a man will operate in the future, is see what he did in the past” you know that he is perfect for a show like Join Up Dots

His colorful career spans over six decades and includes an array of expertise including designer, marriage and family therapist, hypnotherapist, inventor, marketing executive, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he migrated to California to attend California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in Pasadena in 1948, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

With his studies completed he set to work, changing the way that life was supposed to be, not least allowing humans to leave Earth and land on over planets.

His background includes supervising the mechanical design of the rocket engine for Lunar Excursion Module that landed the first astronauts on the moon.

He also designed a hermetically-sealed explosive release mechanism for satellites.

If that is not good enough, he turned his attention on the toy market and designed the talking mechanism for the Chatty Cathy Doll, the first ever talking doll, a favorite for children from 1959 – 1965. 

And now after leaving his diverse and highly successful career, he shifted his focus to what is now known as True Fortunes.

As he says “TrueFortunes 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!”

So what is his current passion, and why does he now after many many years of high achievement see fun as so important?

And what would he say his biggest achievement was in life? Or perhaps it is still in the future?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr David Lee


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Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics with David Lee such as:

How the birth of True Fortunes came about and what he hopes to do with the platform in the future.

David tells us all, about his dysfunctional  family and how it made life very difficult for him going forward but he took steps to not let it hold him back.

and lastly….

We discuss the disconnect at Nasa between the engineers and astronauts and how the two never mixed socially or professionally, no matter that they were on the same mission.


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