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.
The successful inventor has three qualities, Lyet said. He has insatiable curiosity; he is able to concentrate intensely, not minding the clock, and he refuses to let setbacks discourage him.
Many companies see the wisdom of TLC for inventors, those that do not are courting disaster.
We also wish to speak for the independent invent or the man who works in his own workshop or in his basement, trying to find new and better ways to do what has been done before, or to produce something new that fills a need.
Many of our readers, we insist, are men and women who can come up with new ideas that can bring tremendous results.
Who have been some of the great inventors of the past? A list of persons from New England who were inventors or contributed in other ways to the advance of farming and country living, has been compiled by one of our readers.
Dan Steinhoff, of New Ashford, Massachusetts 01237, compiled this list that goes a long way back, for engine land readers. No doubt you will feel others should have been mentioned also.
We offer the article because we believe that many persons who restore old engines, and make them work again, have the skill to score breakthroughs that can make history.
If America is to maintain and improve its standing in the world, it must encourage everyone with good ideas to express them, get them patented, and get them into use.