Live it Up! with Donna Drake Inventor Kathy Lancaster

2017 | 8:27 | Entertainment |

Growing up in New York, Kathy Lancaster spent every long, cold winter bundled up in hats, gloves, earmuffs, scarves and big coats so she could play outside. As she grew up, some of the components changed and got more fashionable, but some elements remained the same – pieces designed for warmth, rather than style. Burrr!

After Kathy got out of school, she dove into the business world, working at a major retail chain in their customer service department for 40 years. She rapidly rose through the ranks, quickly becoming the Customer Service Manager for the chain. She supervised a huge department; recruiting and hiring the staff, running Front End Operations and handling a non-stop avalanche of paperwork and administrative tasks, all while garnering numerous Top Ten Performing awards and learning everything she would need to know in order to run her own company one day – Her Big Dream!!

A couple of years later, Kathy was looking at old family photos. She found a wintertime photo of her in a huge, fluffy black hat with a big pompom on top and a big woolen strap under her chin – and all she could think about were all the geeky hats, earmuffs, earbands and scarves she wore every winter to keep her head and ears warm in the harsh, East Coast weather. She thought about having flattened “hat hair”; static electricity flyaways, hair tangled up in the headband of nerdy-looking earmuffs – all the woes of winter stresses. Looking again at the photo, Kathy couldn’t believe she walked around wearing all of those bulky things; she thought: there has to be a better way to keep ears warm – without looking geeky and without ruining your hair!

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Director: Tony Liuzzi

Starring: Donna Drake

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