Emik Avakian

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Emik Avakian was born in Tabriz, Persia back in 1924. He was born with a severe case of cerebral palsy however this did not affect his cognitive abilities. The family moved several times seeking medical assistance for him. They finally settled in New York City where he became a naturalized citizen.

Although he suffered from palsy he graduated Magna Cum Laude in physics and mathematics from Eureka College before continuing his education at Columbia University. After graduation he moved to Chicopee, Massachusetts where he remained for the rest of his life.   He died there in 2013.

What you may not know about Emik is that because of his disability he invented a series of inventions. One of them was a typewriter that would produce a letter from breath rather than typing. It used four microphones measuring sound and breath measurement to determine what letter to type. He also invented a drive system for wheelchairs and a vehicle loading system. All-in-all he led 8 patents for those with disabilities. So, what is your excuse?

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray that's one very smart Armenian.... and I know many Avakians in my area and in the Springfield MA area....

Jan 04, 2019 03:28 AM #1
Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate
The Climer School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
The Best Real Estate School in Florida

James, good morning and nice blog! Keep in mind that blogging needs to satisfy Google's algorithms and search engine spiders and crawlers so that you end up high, first page, on a google search.

Jan 04, 2019 04:26 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible person who would not be defined by his disability.

Jan 04, 2019 04:41 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Emik set the pace not to find fault but a remedy! Enjoy your day. 

Jan 04, 2019 04:44 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

My problem is probably not thinking outside of the square!

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Jan 04, 2019 04:55 AM #5
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Talk about lemons to lemonade..WOW!

Jan 04, 2019 05:00 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Just shows how poweful the brain is even with phical challenges.

Jan 04, 2019 05:01 AM #7
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

He sounds like an amazing and determined man.  It does make you think though and wonder why we use any small inconvenience as an excuse.  Greta blog...thanks for sharing!

Jan 04, 2019 05:23 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James -  as they say necessity is the mother of invention.  He saw things others didn't.

Jan 04, 2019 06:59 AM #9
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, sounds like an amazing man that definitely made the world a better place for those with disabilities!

Jan 04, 2019 07:04 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

he understood what hardships others were experiencing and did something about it.

Jan 04, 2019 07:18 AM #11
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

amazing what we can do when we must -  James Dray 

Jan 04, 2019 08:36 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a great story...talk about someone who did not let the disabilities give him an excuse to whine.  A

Jan 04, 2019 08:51 AM #13
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

There are no excuses and Emik is a perfect example of why there aren't any!  An example in the blogging world is Jon Morrow

Jan 04, 2019 09:38 AM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow, now that is an amazing invention, I had no idea and in the late 1980's I have been to Chicopee, MA on a number of occasions, Endre

Jan 04, 2019 10:35 AM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 Thank goodness we have people in the world who use their disabilities to help others James Dray 

Jan 04, 2019 10:54 AM #16
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