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CD inventor speaks to students at CBC

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October 15, 2012 -

PASCO, Wash. - A man who changed the face of technology nearly 50 years ago stopped by Columbia basin college today.

James Russell began developing the CD back in 1965 when he worked at Battelle in Richland.

Monday morning, he spoke to students about his work in technology, and his process of inventing.

Russell says his dedication to "creating something better" is what he wants to convey to future inventors. 

"I think anybody can be as creative," Russell said, "but it's a mindset, and you've got to think 'that's not the way it ought to be, I can do it differently.'"

Over the years Russell has patented over 60 inventions in multiple countries, with a handful of new ideas in the works.

His high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years says they've had a lifetime of adventure.