LonMead: My Dad was in sales and marketing for Ohio Art, so we always had lots of these around the house. All of us got pretty good at it (you can, in fact, draw a perfect circle... it just takes a lot of practice), and in the early 70's the box it was packaged in had a flower that was drawn by my Mom.One of my favorite stories regarding the Etch-a-Sketch has to do with W.C. Killgallon, who was the owner and president of Ohio Art for many years (cool guy... he always gave me a toy or some candy whenever dad brought me to work with him). There was at one time a controversy about mercury being used in it (there never was - it's aluminum powder and plastic pellets), and comments that the glass was too fragile, and if you leaned on it, it could break (it's tempered glass made to automotive standards). To deal with these stories, Mr. Killgallon had a dozen or so reporters that covered the toy industry come out to Bryan, Ohio (where the Etch-a-Sketch was made) for a demonstration. Mr. Killgallon had each reporter pick two completed Etch-a-Sketches off the assembly line , then had them follow him across the street to a foundry, where he had each reporter climb a scaffold and drop the Etch-a-Sketches 25 feet onto a section of boiler plating. While several of them wound up with cracked casings and broken knobs, not a single one of the drawing screens had so much as a scratch on it (he kept two of them in his office to show later visitors).
Aquapope: LonMead: (repeat of all that stuff I said above)Listen to you, with your historically informed and interesting contribution to Fark. You think you're better than us?
LonMead: Aquapope: LonMead: (repeat of all that stuff I said above)Listen to you, with your historically informed and interesting contribution to Fark. You think you're better than us?Hey, I just have the one... I gotta use it when I can.
LonMead: There was at one time a controversy about mercury being used in it
M-G: LonMead: There was at one time a controversy about mercury being used in itNow that they're made in China, anything could be in them...
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