The Stories of the Upstate™ #296: (Tom Strange) "I raced dirt bikes as a teen."

Story #296 comes from Tom Strange, Senior Director of Research and Development with Abbott Laboratories

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Tom Strange told us that his goal in life is to turn his passions into something that can make people's lives better and he's done just that.  From his childhood, science was his constant companion.  He loved the Space Program and TV nature programs.  He explored his back yard and used a microscope he got as a kid to look for the secrets science had to offer.  But it was physics and something as routine as capacitors that would allow Tom to turn passion into life saving.  While working for a company on commercial capacitors, he tried to understand how they worked, what was the root principal and that led to him making a discovery that led to an invention that revolutionized the implanted defibrillator and the creation of St. Jude Medical, now Abbott Laboratories.  His passion definitely made people's lives better as nearly 1/3 of all defibrillators implanted today have his technology in them.  On a personal level, a defibrillator from his company saved his sister's life. 

The Stories of the Upstate #200: (Margaret Burnquist) "I was born in Mexixo City and raise in Sao Paulo, San Francisco, Houston and finally Smithville, MO."

                      Margaret Burnquist with the Vittl Restaurant App shares our 200th story

Hungry? Want a way to find a great restaurant? How about finding a restaurant that's offering you a free taste of what they have to offer?  Former TV news anchor, Margaret Burnquist can help you with a new app called Vittl.  With the Vittl App, restaurants offer to buy customers a free drink or appetizer.  You scroll through the offers on Vittl, find one that appeals to you and enjoy a great dinner that starts off with something free.

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