Career Change

1 comment May 22nd, 2007at 09:39pm Posted by Eli

No, not me. This guy:

When he retired in 1993 after more than 30 years as a disguise specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency, Robert Barron wasn’t ready to stop doing the work he loved. The Bluemont resident founded Custom Prosthetic Designs in Ashburn.

The one-man shop specializes in lifelike silicone prosthetics for people with birth defects or missing features. Barron has sculpted an ear for a 5-year-old born without one, a nose for a cancer survivor and fingers for a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

If his work, shown in before-and-after photos on his Web site, appears startling in its verisimilitude, that’s because Barron worries the details, down to the hairs visible on an ear and the freckles on a nose. “It’s just like in the Agency,” he says. “I wouldn’t issue [agents] a disguise if their life would be in jeopardy” as the result of a less-than-perfect disguise.

Now that is an excellent repurposing of one’s skill set. Check out the photo gallery with the story – it looks like he really does love his work, and the detail is just amazing.

This guy could have made a fortune in Hollywood, but chose to help people instead. I’m sure he’s not exactly starving, but good on him anyway.

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

1 Comment

  • 1. virgotex  |  May 23rd, 2007 at 8:49 am

    I saw that yesterday- I loved that the little girl, after getting her prosthetic ear, waned to go buy sunglasses.


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