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Fictional character

Name: Lionel Tremaux

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: French

Profession: Engineer, Inventor

Location: Ulysses S. Grant Apartments

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: squirrel-like, engineering prodigy, undiagnosed schizophrenic

Biography (ca. 1921):
Lionel was born in Toulouse, France, in 1893 to a well-to-do family of lawyers. At a young age he displayed a knack for the mathematical and the mechanical, and by age 10 had constructed his own small Ferris Wheel in his backyard. Like millions of others in France during the Great War, Lionel was obligated to fulfill his duty as an able-bodied man and fight for the Allies for two long years until he lost his mind in a trench in Somme and was sent home.

Family members will tell you that the Lionel they knew must be lying dead in some trench somewhere for the reason that the man who had been sent home to them was certainly not the bright-eyed go-getter they were familiar with before the war. Even so, they tried their best to accommodate him with all the love and support a family can provide, appointing him doctors and buying him all new tools and tinkering equipment in an attempt to recover some morsel of the former Lionel. Unfortunately this would only bolster his burgeoning paranoia, prompting him to install a Rube Goldberg-esque security system throughout the house that would subsequently drown the beloved family cat.

With family ties becoming increasingly strained by the day, Lionel took it upon himself to move to America where he could immerse himself in technological innovation and, in doing so, ward off his mental instability. By 1920, Lionel's plan actually seemed to be working, as he had settled into a comfortable, modest lifestyle in Rochester, New York. He had become a member of the Independent Artisans Guild (I.A.G.) and had begun contractual work with Zweigle's, taking part in a campaign to merge the Zweigle's brand with the state-of-the-art technology that Rochester was becoming known for. Lionel's big break occurred when Zweigle's accepted his proposal for the street vending automaton called Mr. Zweigler, which would finally launch Lionel's work into the public spotlight.

Unfortunately, the controversial success of Mr. Zweigler would be the final straw for Lionel's mental stability, and by January of 1921, Lionel would lose his mind once more...