| May/June 1982

Men and women who invent new machinery, equipment or anything else that improves life should be given more recognition in America than they receive today.

The march of farm progress would have been impossible without those who saw problems and found ways to solve them, even though it took years to gain the ideal.

That goes for all else in our way of life television, radio, automobiles, airplanes, computers, iron lungs and scanners, to name just a few.

The importance of honoring inventors was voiced by J. Paul Lyet, chairman of Sperry Corporation, at a recent company recognition banquet for Sperry New Holland employees who had more than 15 patents to their credit since 1973.

Those men worked on all sorts of products manure spreaders, bale throwers, forage blowers, and harvester headers to name a few and to our mind they are typical of the kind of persons we need.

Lyet urged companies to 'establish an environment for innovation,' and credited the breakthroughs with keeping his firm prosperous. Sperry is steadily increasing the amount it allocates for R&D research and development. Lyet recommended also that creative thinking be fostered in all divisions advertising, financing, packaging and others.