There was a day when the national media buzzed around Doug Hall like proverbial flies, thanks to Hall’s role as a judge on the ABC reality television seriesAmerican Inventor. Or reporters were pestering him about his much-publicized dog-sled expedition to the North Pole. Or journalists were calling him about hisBrain Brew talk show, airing in 26 cities each week on public radio.

“That’s old news,” Doug Hall says now flatly, a serious-as-a-heart-attack expression on his face.

Hall is seated at his kitchen table, dressed in black. An apt metaphor. For the guy who was once crowned the Sultan of Silly, the P.T. Barnum of the Patent Office, is now on a mission to save the American manufacturing sector.

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