Saturday, March 28, 2020

When I refused to sell my invention to Stirling Moss, the most famous race car driver in the world

Back in the late 1970s when I was a mathematician-turned-inventor, I got a call from my idol, possibly the greatest race car driver to have ever lived: Stirling Moss. He wanted to buy my HAGOTH VOICE STRESS ANALYZER. I refused to sell him one, and he got a little upset with me. That is, until I told him that I'd almost destroyed my dad's car on the S-curve on the way to our country club as I tried to imitate him. I'd be pleased to give him one of my units if he was ever in the USA.

Surprise surprise! He was racing a classic birdcage Maserati in Sebring, Florida and offered to let me advertise on him and the car. So I met him in Sebring and, as you can see, he has my HAGOTH logo on his fire suit. My magnetic HAGOTH signs were THE ONLY ADVERTISING on the car (much to the chagrin of the car owner). No STP stickers. No Penzoil sign. Just my HAGOTH on each door of the car.

He won that race. Here he is crossing the finish line.

Somewhere in my piles of negatives I have a side view of the car, but for the life of me I can't find it.

I'm still waiting for Woody Harrelson to call me and ask about my screenplay The Devil and Woody Harrelson. Ya gotta dream big, and I always go for that brass ring.

My voice stress analyzer made the front page of every major newspaper in the country, and I appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, NBC's Today and Tomorrow with Tom Snyder shows, the Mike Douglas Show, and on the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour. I'm still waiting to become the Tom Clancy of my little mountain community in Draper, Utah.

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