Author: Anthony H. Lariccia attended Gannon University in Erie, Pa. majoring in Biology /Science. He held positions in Research & Development in 1963-65 at Erie Technological Products Co in Erie, Pa. specializing in the manufacture of electronic components used in space exploration. In 1965 he held various R & D and Marketing positions at American Sterilizer Co, in Erie, Pa. who manufacture hospital operating room equipment such as surgical tables, surgical lights, autoclaves and related medical equipment where he was employed for 33 years until 1998. with yearly sales of $500 million dollars. During this period he obtained many patents and was awarded the companies Vice President Award for outstanding achievement as a scientist. He also received an accommodation letter in 1967 from John Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for outlying a procedure to locate kidnappers who sent ransom letters. He was the youngest of 50 microbiologist from around the country that was invited to attend a one week training course in !966 at Atlanta, Georgia entitled " Microbiology of the Hospital Environment" conducted by the Communicable Disease Center now called Center for Disease Control. In November 1981, a full page was devoted to publishing his letter in The Pet Dealers magazine on Page 9, warning that a dog vaccine being used by veterinary doctors was causing and not preventing "parvo" a deadly virus that was killing many pets across the country. Anthony was also recognized on January 1993 in the NASA Tech Briefs magazine, Volume 17, number 1, for writing one of the top 1992 letters in a contest sponsored by 16 scientific magazines including: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Analog, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, the Challenger Center, Final Frontier, High Frontier, the National Space Society, Omni, Space-cause, SpacePac, Space Station News, the US Space and Rocket Center, the US Space Foundation and the Young Astronauts Society.
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