Edward was born on August 31, 1956. Asthmatic from birth, Edward spent many a night either in hospital oxygen tents or nestled within warm blankets under his mother’s watchful eye. “I can still smell the plastic of that tent making everything look wavy, and see the black line, going up and down that was the zipper” he would remark.

“Seeing my mother, propped up against the vestibule, fighting both the urge to sleep, and the mother’s instinct to protect and nurture her offspring. I get something in my eye every time I think of that. What a mom.”

Being asthmatic, Edward wasn’t very good at sports until it left him in high school. By then his father would take him away from the city out to the country where Edward learned the value of hard work, and learning that there were two ways of doing things, the fast way, and the right way.

During his summer vacations, Edward would spend his time between the country and the plant, first learning to clean the plant, then to use all the machinery, then to fix all of the machinery.

After high school, Edward spent 2 years at a local community college before going off to Eastern Illinois University to major in business production management. While there Edward helped establish a chapter of the fraternity he joined. Now that active chapter has more than 1000 members.

Upon completion, Edward started to learn the ‘soft’ side of the business. The accounting, purchasing and sales.

In 1978, Edward staged a non-violent coup and took over the business.

Actually, his father handed him the keys and said ‘I’m in Fort Lauderdale if you need me.’

Then the fun started.

While visiting a customer in Schaumburg (we won’t mention any names), Edward saw a mic clip and applied the principal to a detachable swivel device. That turned out to be one of his 5 patents accumulated throughout the years.

Other inventions include the swivel belt clip and the semi-ridged nylon material affectionately called ‘Area 51’.

Edward is also a published author, having written an article for one of the trade magazines on the different materials and techniques used in the manufacturing of carrying cases.

He received a dollar for the article.

It still counts.

Not that it matters much, but both of Edward’s grandfathers were Corporals in the Austrian-Hungry Army.

One was a anti-aircraft gunner, survived the war, and became a tobacco farmer in Canada. The other was not so fortunate.

 

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