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The Patented Punch

May 25, 1965 was a day for breaking barriers.  

We went to a hockey game and a title fight broke out.

The most memorable moment in boxing history took place in a no-frills arena built for high school hockey games. In all the controversy that surrounded the rematch between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston, one thing was clear: a punch was thrown, and, invisible or not, something powerful happened that night in Lewiston, Maine.  

The Phantom Punch


In the world of Mad Men, the day that Sonny Liston fought Muhammad Ali was a day for putting ideas on the canvas and taking punches. Peggy Olson proved she was a hard case as she sparred with her boss over a Samsonite campaign.

Don Draper put $100 on Liston and passed on Joe Namath that day. He redeemed himself, however, by placing a better bet on his copywriter. It stung like a bee, but it was a good move. After all, it was Peggy’s birthday.

The most powerful punch of the day, however, came from a different Don and the United States Patent Office. On May 25, 1965, the recorder power supply invented by Donald F. Cleary was issued patent number US3185912A. 


Recorder Power Supply 

Inventors: John W Smith, Donald F Cleary
Current Assignee: Hogan Faximile Corp

Conversion of ac power input into dc power output without possibility of reversal by static converters using discharge tubes with control electrode or semiconductor devices with control electrode using devices of a thyratron or thyristor type requiring extinguishing means using semiconductor devices only in a bridge configuration with control circuit with automatic control of the output voltage or current.


New england’s first
coed collegE

“The world’s most expensive form of contraception.”
– Meadow Soprano


“Worth it.”
– Pat Cleary