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September 30, 2012

HOPKINS: Toy nominees recall memories of childhood

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It’s a simple item that teaches how to follow directions with the pre-printed sheets and allows for creativity, with its blank sheets, so you can make your own designs.

Out of 12 finalists, only two will be honored, joining 49 enshrined edifices to our childhood. Sweet memories such as the hula hoop, the jack-in-the-box, Erector Set, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, the dollhouse and the old reliable cardboard box.

Erector Sets are difficult to find today, and I don’t think they were too popular when I was a child. Still, I had one, but I favored Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs over the Erector Set. I can still remember the smell of the actual wooden Lincoln Logs, which of course today are made out of plastic.

Take a look at the hall of fame list at www.toyhalloffame.org and take a trip down memory lane. I think I still have some View-Masters at home, right next to the Hot Wheels and LEGOs.

I’ll be interested to see what wins. I’m kind of pulling for the ol’ Magic 8 Ball. Maybe I’ll ask it and see if it can foretell its own future.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

John J. Hopkins is the managing editor of the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. His column appears on Sundays. Contact Mr. Hopkins at john.hopkins@lockportjournal.com.

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