January 30, 2014

Summer School Daze

I couldn’t wait for the last day of school in June! The final bus ride home was something special. There was a feeling of liberation and relief at the wrap up of another school year. I remember the kids chant, “No more teachers, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks…” I never had a teacher really give me a dirty look, but you get the point. We were free until next September!!! The summer[...]
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January 27, 2014

Coming February 10th – Special Guest Post by
The Big Game Hunter, Bruce Whitehill

Bruce Whitehill is a prolific contributor to the world of games. Not only is he a game inventor, but a game collector, developer, historian, author, lecturer, editor, guest curator of many game exhibitions and a photographer. Bruce is the founder of the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors (since 1984), was Senior Editor/Associate Editor of Games Annual, Games Games Games and Knucklebones magazines,[...]
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January 23, 2014

Milton the Tender Hearted Monster

I admit it; I was addicted to Saturday morning television! From the time this half hour cartoon series appeared in 1965 until its end in 1968, I barely missed an episode! There were only 34 episodes total – they just kept showing them over and over again. I loved Milton the Monster so much, I didn’t mind the reruns! In my world, what was not to like about the loveable Milton the Monster? He was a[...]
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January 20, 2014

Midway Memories

I remember being on the Midway at Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio. The best time to be there was dusk when colorful lights lit everything up like a Christmas tree. The Midway was lined with people trying their luck with games of skill and chance like Skee-Ball and Fascination. (Did you ever try the game where you had to throw darts, break a balloon and win a prize? Why was that so hard???) In the[...]
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January 16, 2014

Tick Tock – Let’s Play Clock!

Bong! Bong! Bong! Our old grandfather clock talked to me all my growing up life. Even before I could tell time, it told me when to eat, watch my favorite TV programs and (sadly) go to bed. If I awakened in the middle of the night and heard its deep-toned, slow bongs, it made the world seem safe and well. I can still recall the sound of the clock being wound and the weights being pulled up on their chains.[...]
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January 13, 2014

Munster Mania

I loved the Munsters – from their spooky house at 1313 Mocking Bird Lane to the depiction of this ghoulish TV family as just another ordinary household. The 1960s portrayed the average American family as a Dad that went off to work everyday, a stay at home Mom, kids, a station wagon and a dog. The Munsters were the same – only a little different. Herman Munster, a Frankenstein look-alike with[...]
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January 9, 2014

Ohio Born Inventor Reuben Klamer

Reuben Klamer, a native of Canton Ohio, invented one of my childhood favorites, The Game of Life. In 2013, Life celebrated its 50th birthday. This fun family classic sold more than 50 million copies in its 50 years! In 1959 Klamer approached Milton Bradley hoping to sell them an art center concept. They declined but asked him to design a game to commemorate the 100th anniversary of their company. Klamer[...]
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January 6, 2014

It’s a Wonderful Life!

Something quite unusual happened in my life as a 4th grader. My first report card of the year showed promise – all A’s and one B. It wasn’t the report card that was the miracle; it was my parents’ reaction to it! I had been in school for a few years and never got a comment on any report card. My Dad was so impressed with the amount of A’s on my report card, that as a reward, I was allowed to go to[...]
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January 2, 2014

John Spinello – Father of the Operation Game

Did you know that John Spinello is the original developer of the Operation Game? In the book, “Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them”, Tim Walsh tells John’s amazing story. In 1965, John was majoring in Industrial Design at the University of Illinois. One of his class projects was to create a toy. John designed a metal box whose lid was perforated with multiple holes[...]
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