December 30, 2013

Old Land Sign

You know the song, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old land sign? CHORUS: For old land sign, my dear, for old land sign, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for old land sign. Well, at least that’s what I heard in my little kid brain! I never did figure out what “old land sign” was… it sounded like it had something[...]
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December 26, 2013

Surgical Silliness!

In my head I heard the sound of a nasally, monotone voice over a crackly public address system, “Doctor Karen, paging Doctor Karen to the Emergency Room”. When my Operation game showed up under the tree on Christmas day, I became a medical legend in my own mind. Instead of scrubs, an operating room and a surgical team, all I needed were 2 “D” batteries and a steady hand. My patient, Cavity Sam was[...]
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December 23, 2013

The Magic of Christmas

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was lying in my bed on Christmas Eve, waiting and listening for the midnight arrival of Santa Claus. I tried so hard to stay awake so I could actually SEE the magic but I never made it! But, I do recall telling my Mom that I thought I heard something on the roof that night. I looked outside my bedroom window early the next morning to see if there were sleigh tracks in the[...]
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December 19, 2013

Marvin Glass Studio

Marvin Glass and Associates, a Chicago based design firm, headed up by Marvin Glass was responsible for some of the best loved toys and games of the 60’s and 70’s. Their client list included Aurora, Cardinal, Gilbert, Hasbro, Hubley, Ideal, Irwin, Kenner, Lakeside, Marx, Matchbox, Mattel, Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Schaper Toys and Whitman. In 1960, MGA’s first big success was Ideals’ take-apart[...]
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December 16, 2013

Birthday Bash!

Ok, imagine this. It was 1965 and I saw a TV commercial for Milton Bradley’s new game, BASH! It was the only thing I wanted for my birthday and I had to have it! When I ripped open the wrapping paper and saw what was inside, I was elated! I also received a “Wizard of Oz” book and a real china tea set. Somehow they just didn’t get the same press as BASH. It was just too cool! BASH had a plastic[...]
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December 12, 2013

Herb Schaper: From Mailman to Inventor

I wonder if this mailman from Minneapolis knew what was in store for him when he decided to whittle fishing lures while he walked his route. In 1948, Herb Schaper embarked on his journey into the world of toys and games with a $75 investment and a shop in his basement. He started working on a take-apart toy Cootie bug and one year later, had developed the Cootie bug into a game. He formed the W.H. Schaper[...]
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December 9, 2013

It all began with a bug – a Cootie Bug!

Who knew this game would ultimately change my life? Cootie came into my life when I was a curly headed preschooler. I remember sitting on the floor of my bedroom with my Mom as she taught me to play. The object of Cootie is to be the first to build your own bug by rolling a die to collect the body parts you need. Roll a 1 to get a body, roll a 2 to get a head and so on. A roll of 5 got you a Cootie tongue.[...]
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