Stanley Aaron Dashew was born in Harlem, New York back in 1916. When he was eight he collected soda pop bottles to redeem them at the local redemption center. At twelve he went door-to-door selling peaches. At fifteen he became a Hires Root Beer reseller where he sold the soda at a roadway stand.
He worked for the Addressograph-Multiraph Company in sales, he didn’t like the wording on his business card so he changed it to read “Special Representative”. In 1942, he was promoted and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. He later worked for the Bank of America, it was there that his fortune changed. In 2000, Chancellor Albert Carnesale presented him with the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest honor.
What you may not know about Stanley is that he invented something that I carry everywhere and I’ll bet you do to. For you see he invented the plastic credit card during the 1950’s. He also invented the Databosser, a device which embossed numbers read from an IBM punch card onto a credit card, originally aluminum alloy, then plastic. He died in 2013, at 96.
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