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Gumby!

It seems almost irreverent to ask, but where did Gumby come from? The clay that became Gumby was first seen in a 1953 experimental movie created by Al Clokey, who studied film making at USC. Clokey was from Michigan, where the clay-ey soil was referred to as gumbo, and he called that 4-minute film Gumbasia.

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Sea Monkeys

Harold von Braunhut may sound like the name of a rocket scientist, but this Harold obsessed over a particular species of brine shrimp—the kind that went into suspended animation when their watery home evaporated. The shrimp—Artemia nyos—remains nearly lifeless for years, until dunked in water once more. Then—Halleluja!—it rises from its shrimpy grave. This made

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WHAM-O: An Early History

The name Wham-O comes from the sound that a slingshot missile makes when it hits the target. That’s what it sounded like to the founders of that company, anyway. This brief history of Wham-O is straight from The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories, which will hopefully be on sale by June, 2013. Rich Knerr and Spuds Melin

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Rex 80 Wagon

So here I am, Christmas 1955 with my 7 month old brother. I doubt I loaded him into the wagon. I don’t think I could lift him. I did try to wheel him into the oven once, right around this time. However, he was in his stroller.  I wasn’t that strong, just opportunistic. I found

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Mood Rings

Everyone, Boomer or not, has owned a Mood Ring. They’re still sold at county fairs and flea markets for a buck or so. And they work–or don’t work–the same as they have since the 1970s. They don’t look the same, though. The picture above is what I see today, and I suspect the simple band

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