I’m super busy today at work so I had to come up with something pretty short and rather un-creative. I still think it’s pretty interesting though. Enjoy!
Apparently April 30 has historically been a pretty exciting day!
For starters, my best friend that I’ve known since I was 5 years old turns 30 today. I want to wish her a very happy birthday, even though today is a stark reminder that 4 months from now I will be facing the same fate. Thankfully, I’ve never been one to get caught up on age so hopefully I will be okay, we shall see in August how well I’m holding up!
It also seems that today was the fateful day that, in 1945, Adolf Hitler along with wife Eva Braun locked themselves away in a bunker and took their own lives.
Wow, that’s a little too solemn of a way to start a Monday now isn’t it? Well no worries because seven years later on April 30, 1952 something extraordinary and super cool happened! The world was introduced to what could possibly be the coolest tuber ever, Mr. Potato Head.
The cool spud had actually been around for a few years and even got his start back when our friend Hitler was still alive but Mr. Head’s claim to fame on this day is that he was the first toy ever to be introduced in a TV commercial. One year later he had a friend who has lovingly become known as Mrs. Potato Head.
I love stories about old toys; it brings me back to my younger years. Being an only child, toys and imagination were two very important things to possess. I remember playing in the back yard or my bedroom for hours. Honestly, looking back on my childhood, I have to think that my parents were pretty darn lucky. I pretty much kept myself holed up in my room or in the back yard for hours on end and rarely was I the “I’m bored’ child.
Here are the toys I remember having growing up:
- My Little Pony
- Rainbow Brite
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Breyer Horses
- Glo Worm
- Care Bears
- Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
- Cabbage Patch Dolls
- My Buddy/ Kid Sister
- Teddy Ruxpin and Grubby
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- GI Joe
- Hot Wheels
- Micro Machines
What are some of your favorite childhood toys? I know I’m forgetting some and hopefully some of you can jog my memory.
If you have kids, did you pass some of your toys down to them?