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Columbia man's air conditioner invention picked by Quirky
Columbia man's air conditioner invention picked by Quirky

Perseverance can indeed pay off. Just ask Garthen Leslie. For years, the 60-year-old Columbia resident has been trying to sell his invention ideas: a skateboard with an odometer and a speedometer, a sensory-equipped life vest for toddlers, and more. He was selling them all, but nobody was buying.  Until last fall, that is, when his proposal for a "smart" window air conditioner won rave reviews from Quirky, a five-year-old New York City-based company whose stated mission is to "make invention accessible." Now, six months later and with the help of Quirky and General Electric, Leslie's air conditioner is about to hit the market. And Leslie, who stands to...

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