Spreading Good News (Post 549 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Otis Boykin, Inventor of the Pacemaker)

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IT’S BETTER TO DIE CHASING A DREAM NEVER CAUGHT THAN TO DIE NEVER HAVING CHASED THE DREAM.  ~ Joyce Fields

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AS A HUMAN BEING, YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE, AND NO ONE ELSE IS ANY BETTER THAN YOU.  ~ Joyce Fields

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The Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award

Thank you very much to www.living4bliss.wordpress.com for presenting me with the Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award.  I truly appreciate the recognition!

Both of these awards are for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

I started this “Good News” blog in July 2010 because I was tired of and disgusted by all the negative news and information.  I wanted to give people positive news and information.  I’m having a great time looking for, receiving, and posting these pieces!  Stay tuned!!

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Recipients can accept or decline. What does the recipient have to do?  Simply accept and nothing more!  You can paste this image on your blog, if you wish, and you are done!  If you wish to honor someone else with a Candle, pass it on, anytime and as many times and to as many people as you wish.

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Otis Boykin, Inventor of the Pacemaker

Otis F. Boykin was born on August 29, 1920, in Dallas, Texas.  His mother was a housewife and his father was a carpenter.  Boykin graduated from high school, and then he attended Fisk College in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1938.

After he graduated from college in 1941, Boykin got a job as a laboratory assistant at the Majestic Radio & TV Corporation in Chicago.  Otis Boykin did well at his job of testing automatic aircraft controls, and he soon made it to the rank of supervisor.

In 1944, Boykin left Majestic and he went to work at the P.J. Nilsen Research Labs in Illinois.  He was a research engineer there.

Finally, he left the Research Labs and ventured out on his own and founded his own company.  He named it “Boykin-Fruth Incorporated.”  Boykin also continued his education at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Working at his company and going to school was difficult, but Boykin managed to handle his busy schedule.  Unfortunately, after two years, he couldn’t afford to attend college anymore, so he was forced to drop out before his studies were finished.

Not being able to finish college didn’t hinder Otis Boykin’s future, though.  He went on to further his career, and his biggest accomplishments were inventing several devices.  In fact, Otis Boykin invented twenty-eight electronic devices in all.

If you visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and look up patent number 2,972,726, you’ll find Boykin’s first invention.  Boykin received his first patent on June 16, 1959.  It was for a wire precision resistor.  This resistor can be found in computers, radios, and televisions.

Next, Boykin invented an electrical resistor.  He received U.S. patent number 2,972,726 for it on February 21, 1961.  Then, on June 22, 1965, Otis Boykin patented his electrical capacitor and the method for making the same.  It is U.S. patent number 3,191,108.

Over the next several years, Boykin went on to invent the electrical resistor element and the method for making the same; the method of making thin film capacitor; electrical resistance element and method of making the same; electrical resistance capacitor; thin film capacitor; and a self-supporting electrical resistor.  He also invented a burglar proof cash register and an air filter to protect humans from toxins. However, he never patented the latter two inventions.

Probably the most important invention that Afro-American Otis Boykin invented and patented was the Pacemaker.  The purpose of a pacemaker is to help keep a patient’s heart beating at a steady beat, or “pace.”  It’s approximately the size of a silver dollar. It has a generator and wires running from it that are connected to the heart.  It also has an electrode at the end of the wire.  The electrode sends electrical impulses to the heart to either slow it down or speed it up.

Inside the small generator is a lithium battery and a tiny computer.  The computer is what regulates the patient’s heart beat.

The lithium battery usually lasts for about three years before it needs to be replaced. When it does need replaced, the existing generator is removed and replaced with a new one.

Of course, the purpose of the Pacemaker is to help prevent heart failure.  Ironically, Otis Boykin died in 1982 in Chicago, Illinois…of heart failure.
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~ Joyce Fields

 

ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS FROM JOYCE FIELDS

Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

BE INSPIRED!  You can read about and order their books AND order merchandise from their online store at this link (or click the “BE INSPIRED!” button above):

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Thanks for your interest AND support!!

Contact Joyce at goodshortbooks@yahoo.com.

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SOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

 

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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10 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 549 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Otis Boykin, Inventor of the Pacemaker)

  1. That is a saf bit of irony.

  2. living4bliss says:

    Weird. I knew about the resistor but not the pacemaker (I’m a recovering computer nerd.) Think of how many lives were saved between he and Dr. Drew.

  3. living4bliss says:

    Almost forgot, congrats on the book sales.

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