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COOLIDGE, Ga. — Billy “Wild Bill” Willeby of Coolidge claims to have invented dozens of things. The U.S. Patent Office acknowledges one of them in its online database, but the database can be searched by inventor’s name only back to 1976. Willeby’s been inventing things much longer than that, and he also claims a 1974 patent that couldn’t be verified through the website.

Billy Willeby of Coolidge shows the pieces of a device he proposes to ensure power during a blackout. A car battery hooks to the electric moto…

Billy Willeby describes an automated system to load hay bales on a trailer while looking at his schematic for the device.