Andrew Toti, 89, inventor of the inflatable Mae West vest that saved the life of thousands of World War II pilots, including future President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday at his home in Modesto, Calif.
He held more than 500 patents, including one for the pull tab on soda and beer cans. He also invented the automatic chicken plucker, which revolutionized the poultry business.
FOR THE RECORD - A brief Associated Press obituary for Andrew Toti, published in the March 29 editions, incorrectly reported that he invented the inflatable life vest known as the Mae West. Instead, U.S. government records show that the late Peter Markus patented the vest in 1928 and sold it to the military years before Toti offered an unpatented design improvement. The Sun regrets the error.