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Scantron Inventor Dies

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6/28/2012 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Sad day in the world of standardized testing ... the genius who invented Scantron has passed away.

Michael Sokolski -- who co-founded Scantron in 1972 -- died June 13 at the age of 85 ... after suffering from congestive heart failure.

Sokolski didn't just change the world of education ... after WW2, he fought with Polish Forces under the British Eighth Army Command from 1945 to 1947 ... and was honored with the Italy Star and War Medal for his service.

Pencils down.

Michael Sokolski has died.

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KnuckleDragger    

Nice fish!

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iimE    

No one has done more for number 2 pencil than this man.

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Pudding Tang    

Oh how i hated filling in dots!!! ...... a bit time consuming .... r.i.p. nevertheless

848 days ago
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Jay W.     

"after WW2, he fought with Polish Forces under the British Eighth Army Command following 1945 to 1947"

Isn't "Sokolski" a Pole name?
Anyhow... RIP Mr. Sokolski.

848 days ago
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DaveT    

No 2 pencil and stay inside the lines, don't press too hard and Shhhhhh!
RIP and awesome fish catch

848 days ago
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thehollister2690    

RIP...but i hates those ****in tests..lol

848 days ago
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parlayer    

sleeping with the fishes has a upgraded meaning. RIP, a Salute at his funeral would be good for a vet.

848 days ago
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jscottj    

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Gloria Unread    

Aww.. I used to love taking Scantron tests!! Also used to love when the teacher would have me enter them into the machine for grading. In the 1980's, it felt so high-tech. (but then again, so did Johnny #5, so maybe it's my nostalgia kicking in...)
RIP, Mr. Sokolski. You get an A+ from me.

848 days ago
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namers    

The comments are more Entertainment than the story. Slow snooze day?

848 days ago
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LasVegasResidency    

RIP

TMZ, implement a damn notification system please. Too many idiots posting comments. Retards and morons may post now....

848 days ago
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jimmy d    

Wow. I'm shocked that this guy didn't go into deep hiding. I hated those tests. There was always confusion and trickery and you were never assured if you were correct or not. Bastard. Rot in hell!

848 days ago
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Jean    

RIP, yes, but tell me again how this belongs on TMZ? if he wasn't a celebrity before he died, he's not a celebrity now. TMZ please stop texting my cell with obits for obscure people like myself.

848 days ago
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Justin    

You will be missed, all the story's and life lessons will never be forgotten. Glad to see you where never forgotten

848 days ago
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Nadiadamit    

i like this post and i loved those tests.. i did, it was a challenge and who doesn't love that? plus i did really well at them. heheh. he was an important part of history and if he was obscure, i am glad he is no longer. my sympathies and condolences to his friends and family.. rest in peace and thank u for ur contributions to our educational system.

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