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79-YEAR-OLD RETIREE MAKES A FORTUNE ON HIS INVENTIONS

 RENO, Nev., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Woody Hall invented and in four months sold three million copies of the famous three-dimensional "have a nice day" smiling face, and you didn't. Why? Probably for the same reason that when Hall's latest novelty, Bald No More, goes into national distribution soon, he will get the money, if there's any to be made, and you won't.
 Bald No More shows how Hall's mind works. Most remedies for baldness add hair to the bald part of the head. Why not take the opposite approach and subtract head from hair? The answer was obvious. But it was a funny idea, and so the label on the jar promises that Bald No More will shrink your head so you hair will fit.
 Hall, who is 79 and lives in southern California, retired from a sales career at age 55, and began inventing wonderful things like Chinese Chess, mink cufflinks, Executive Marbles, Socks Fifth Avenue credit cards and tiny animal statuettes mounted on pedestals inscribed with an appropriate sentiment: For the cow, it's "I'm in the moooo-d for love."
 "Good ideas don't care who they happen to," Hall says. "And when one happens to you, you should do something about it. Most people don't. They decide their idea is absurd; they think someone else already has thought of it; they don't know how to protect their idea and fear it will be stolen; and they lack marketing know-how."
 That calculation gave Hall another idea: Write a book about selling ideas. The result was "Your Ideas May Be Worth a Fortune." He had it published and has sold thousands of copies by mail. To order a copy, call 800-255-7473, or send $19.95 plus $3 shipping to Dolphin Books, 1280 Terminal Way, Suite 3, Reno, NV 89502.
 One of Hall's ideas merely enacted a pun. For those who don't like hard puzzles, he invented the Soft Puzzle -- six oddly shaped pieces of sponge rubber that can be assembled to form a square. Though sponge rubber is anything but hard, Hall says the puzzle is exceedingly difficult to solve.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For an interview with Woody Hall, call Mark Nolan at the number listed below./
 /CONTACT: Mark Nolan of Dolphin Books, 702-333-5986/


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