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Bernard Spain dies; Army veteran and retail entrepreneur held the copyright for the smiley face

Bernard Spain dies; Army veteran and retail entrepreneur held the copyright for the smiley face
Bernard Spain, 86, a successful retailer who founded a popular card shop, held the copyright for the iconic smiley face, and launched the Dollar Express chain that grew to more than 100 stores, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Philadelphia.

Bernard Spain dies; Army veteran and retail entrepreneur held the copyright for the smiley face PHILADELPHIA (Tribune News Service) — Bernard Spain, 86, a successful retailer who founded a popular card shop, held the copyright for the iconic smiley face, and launched the Dollar Express chain that grew to more than 100 stores, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Philadelphia.Spain and his brother, Murray, sold 50 million buttons with the yellow smiley face after obtaining the copyright in 1971." The smiley face may be Mr.Spain was also a philanthropist, founding the Joan and Bernard Spain Foundation.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Central High School's Bernard and Joan Spain Scholarship Fund, in care of AACHS, for Bernard Spain Class 198, Box 26580, Philadelphia, Pa."He was always ahead of the curve," said his daughter Dana Spain of Philadelphia.

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