Villagers in the News

Heritage Village has many talented and capable residents who are newsworthy in one form or another because of their various achievements, talents, or milestones. This page is dedicated to showcasing their accomplishments.
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Jack Lander, The Village Inventor
Have you ever invented a device or thought you had a brilliant idea that would help others live better?  Well, Jack Lander has; actually, quite a few in his lengthy, productive inventing career.
Holding positions as Project Engineer, Design Engineer, and Mechanical Engineer, Jack has received 10 patents from the US Patent Office.  The patent process is complicated, but suffice to say that every new invention must meet strict requirements and only after the Patent Office is convinced the invention is new, non-obvious, and industrially applicable, will the patent be granted.
One patented device Jack invented was a single use, laparoscopic surgical instrument with a safety mechanism.  Jack’s invention proved to be the first disposable, laparoscopic instrument that penetrates the abdominal wall and feeds an inert gas into the abdomen to inflate it which he designed for US Surgical, a CT company based in Norwalk.  Fun fact: in the design process, a pig was used to test the device!  Why? Because portions of a pig’s anatomy are actually similar to human anatomy! 
Previous to Jack’s laparoscopic model, Russians attempted a stainless steel design which didn’t bode well because it created bacteria buildup in the probe and activated infections in the patient post-op.  Jack’s design, with an auto feeding, disposable clip applier, was successful in filling the demands that met Patent requirements.
Another noteworthy invention involves Navy destroyers and cruise ships.  A crucial element that prevents ships from rolling in choppy seas are ‘wings’.  Ships can have a dozen or so ‘wings’ to provide stabilization and each ‘wing’ is specialized depending on where it is located on the vessel.  The ‘wings’ need a huge power supply to drive the ship and can heat up to tremendous temperatures.  Jack’s invention provided a dis-connectable power source to keep temperatures stable and within safety limits.  While navy destroyers utilized this concept quickly, cruise ships adopted the ‘wing’ approach at a later time. 
In addition to his inventions, Jack continues to write a column for Inventors Digest which he has done for the past 25 years (  He has written a number of books including How to Finance Your Invention or Great Idea.  The title says it all. 
Other books include Make Money by Moonlighting and All I Need Is Money.   All of Jack’s books are available on Amazon.
Currently, Jack is writing a book that he believes will heal cancer and/or render it into remission by utilizing visualization techniques and understanding the emotional elements that contribute to cancer.   In a nutshell, each of us has developed likes and dislikes coupled with all of the emotions and thoughts that accompany these feelings.  Our thoughts manifest into reality.  When our subconscious thoughts are positive, the genes that make up an organ are controlled and the organ stays healthy, thereby restoring the healthy function of the cells. 
An area that has given Jack much satisfaction throughout his career is mentoring budding inventors through his popular featured column for Inventors' Digest the only magazine devoted exclusively to inventors in North America.  Assisting more than two thousand inventors in the U.S. and other countries, Jack coaches inventors in all aspects of the invention process.  If you have an invention, Jack’s advice is NOT to go to a patent attorney.  They may do patent searches for you, but you can do those on your own and save quite a bit of money.  What’s really necessary is a marketing plan for your product, that is, once it is deemed patent worthy.
I asked Jack, if he had a mentor.  He said he didn’t, but always had lots of ideas that would pop into his head that he thought could be useful for others.
Jack has lived in the Village for 20 years.  He enjoys the musicales and appreciates the meticulous grounds maintenance and the upkeep of the exteriors of our buildings.  The fact that others supply this care gives Jack the freedom and the time to do the things he loves to do.  At 92, Jack plans on living until 104.  When that happens, he’ll figure out what to do next.