Monday, December 14, 2009

The personal cost of justice

Last night I watched a DVD, Flash of Genius with my wife and son. It is based on the true story of Robert Kearns, inventor of the timing device that helps your windshield wipers work intermittently. Although Kearns had the patent, Ford "acquired" one of his working prototypes and used the design in their cars. He took them to court and eventually won, but at a cost....
He lost his wife and was estranged from his six children for much of their childhood.

It is a great movie and raises lots of issues worth discussing. Unfortunately, it confirms my worst fears about how large corporations operate. It also shows how driven men can achieve much but can also expect their families to suffer for their ambition.

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