Stan’s Obligatory Blog


In today’s obituaries…

Filed under: — stan @ 8:19 am

Another person whose name you’ve never heard, but who changed the way we live today:

John Shepherd-Barron, credited as the inventor of the Automatic Teller Machine, has died.

“It struck me there must be a way I could get my own money… I hit upon the idea of a chocolate bar dispenser, but replacing chocolate with cash.”

The first machine went online in 1967. And like the invention of the tortilla chip or ramen noodles, it changed the world.

Here’s his obituary.

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