About David Lee
Often referred to as the man of many visions, David Lee is the quirky, visionary, inspirational creator of the absurdly insightful collection of amusing messages.
David Lee’s colorful career spans over six decades and includes an array of expertise including designer, marriage and family therapist, hypnotherapist, inventor, marketing executive, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur.
David’s background includes supervising the mechanical design of the rocket engine for Lunar Excursion Module that landed the first astronauts on the moon. Additionally, he designed a hermetically-sealed explosive release mechanism for satellites.
His contributions are not limited to the United States. David designed the hermetically-sealed damper for London’s Millennium Bridge with infinite life that was used to control pedestrian-induced vibrations on the bridge. Before the installation of the dampers the bridge swayed so much that it could not be used.
Not satisfied with using his talents only for lunar travel and safe bridges, David invented a system for supporting the inertial systems of ships to protect them from depth charge-induced shock, thus allowing them to retain very precise alignment.
His talents didn’t go unnoticed with his design of the talking mechanism for the Chatty Cathy Doll, a favorite for children from 1959 – 1965. Chatty Cathy was the first ever talking doll.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, David migrated to California to attend California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in Pasadena in 1948, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
During that time, he was married and subsequently had three children. Years later, he would continue his education at the University of Southern California (USC) from which he obtained a PhD in mechanical engineering, and much later a Master’s degree in Counselor Education. While at USC, he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship Society.
In 1970 David Lee became a Marriage and Family Therapist receiving his degree from USC. He opened a private practice in Beverly Hills, counseling individuals and couples.
Feeling the urge to go deeper into his work with private clients, David became a licensed hypnotherapist in order to use hypnotherapy in his practice. This led to him create and produce a series of “Guided Relaxation” audio tapes which he marketed on subjects like losing weight, relieving stress and stopping smoking, as well as many others.
After leaving his diverse and highly successful career, David shifted his focus to what is now known as True Fortunes.
His wife’s views on this new endeavor are very different than his. Early on she would ask why he was so committed to TrueFortunes. “Why don’t you do something useful?” she would ask.
As with most answers David gives nowadays, he smiles and responds, “As long as I can remember my entire adult life has been productive. I have designed innumerable rather complicated machines and patented many of them. I have usually been responsible and relatively inoffensive (with a few lapses). TrueFortunes is my very first venture with no purpose, no redeeming value and no prospect of remuneration. I’m old enough to have given up saving for my old age, old enough to have more sense but not old enough to stop caring – so let’s have some fun!”
With a soulful commitment to bettering the lives of everyone he meets, both online and off, David’s purpose is simple; get people thinking deeply, communicating with connection and raising their consciousness to improve their quality of life.
Currently in his late eighties, his response to the question, “When are you going to retire?” is met with a smile and the simple answer, “Why would I ever stop creating, inventing and living my passion? For me, the word retirement is not a part of my vocabulary.”
David Lee’s professional career, which has spanned six decades, includes a diversified background of work experience, ranging from research and science to manufacturing and psychological counseling to self-help education and marketing. It has been an interesting career distinguished both by diversity and innovation.
Garrett AiResearch (Designer) – His first work position, Lee designed the test equipment that ensured that motors, turbines and other aircraft parts worked properly.
Firestone Tire and Rubber (Designer) – Working in the Guided Missile Division, Lee designed rocket engines, valves and other parts for the Corporal II missile, the nation’s first ballistic missile.
Weber Aircraft (Designer) – Lee designed ejection seats for the B52 airplane.
Mattel (Designer) – Lee designed the talking mechanism for the Chatty Cathy doll.
Thomson Ramo Woolridge (Section Head) – Working in its Space Technology Laboratories Division, he was in charge of all design for the mechanical portions of the LEM engine which was the one that landed astronauts on the moon. He was also responsible for the design of valves, release mechanisms, unique vacuum chambers that simulate space as well as rocket engines. For one project, he flew for three weeks in the Zero Gravity aircraft at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (see photos).
Mechanics Research, Inc. (Vice President R&D/Marketing) – David joined the company as its seventh employee and eventually became a part owner. He worked on a number of classified projects and then became director of marketing.
Taylor Devices (West Coast Technical Director) – During his employment with this company, which manufacturers dampers and shock absorbers, he invented and patented several products. He also functioned in marketing and sales and was awarded salesman of the year for the United States. He is actively working on new technology to make homes and office buildings safe from earthquakes. He has worked with the Los Angeles City Council on a motion requiring a seismic vulnerability evaluation program for all structures in the city.
Marriage and Family Therapist/Private Practice – After receiving his degree from USC, he opened a practice in Beverly Hills and counseled individuals and couples.
Hypnotherapist/Private Practice – David obtained a license from the state of California and began using hypnotherapy in his practice. This led to him creating and producing a series of “Guided Relaxation” audio tapes which he marketed on subjects like losing weight, relieving stress and stopping smoking, as well as many others.
Government Consultant – David has been an in-demand consultant for various government entities.