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James Winner
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Inventor
    (July 1929-September 14, 2010)
    Born in Transfer, Pennsylvania
    Created 'The Club,' an anti-theft device that locks over a car's steering wheel
    Founded Winner International to market the Club
    Died in a car crash in Pennsylvania
    If you lost the keys to the Club after you attached it, you had to call a locksmith to get the damn thing off.
    A really determined thief could defeat the Club by breaking the lock or sawing through the steering wheel.
    He was sued by mechanic Claude Johnson who said he helped develop the Club and had a verbal agreement with Winner to split the profits; the suit was settled out of court, with Johnson reportedly being paid $10.5 million.
    The invention of the Club was inspired by his service in Korea, when soldiers would secure Jeeps with chains on the steering wheels.
    In less than a decade, he sold over 10 million Clubs, one for every twenty cars in the US.
    Remembering his financial difficulties growing up, he funded Shoe the Children, a charity that provided money to pay for shoes for needy children.

Credit: C. Fishel


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