Earl Bakken in Chapel

John Bridges, Former Band Director

April 26, 2017

Earl Bakken, early pioneer in the development of the Pacemaker, addressed Chapel with an inspiring and unforgettable story of his youth. He recounted how, as a boy, he had gotten into serious trouble and almost faced expulsion from school when he developed a device using a coil from an auto engine and a cattle prod to shock some students who were bullying him. A wise counselor advised him to find a way to use his talent to help people rather than to hurt them, and he dedicated his life to exactly that! At that point, the company he formed held more patents on Pacemaker improvements than any other.

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