The Strong National Museum of Play has announced its 2007 inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame - the kite, the Atari 2600, and the Raggedy Andy doll. Museum president, G. Rollie Adams, had this to say:
"They are outstanding toys that have engaged multiple generations over time, inspiring them to create, learn, discover."
This announcement raises a few points:
- There's a Museum of Play? Why am I only finding out about his now?
- The Museum president's name- G. Rollie Adams- sound eerily doll-like. Or conjures images of pink top-hat wearing toy impresario presiding over a magical museum filled with whimsy.
- Raggedy Andy's induction is clearly an afterthought. Raggedy Ann made it in in 2002...and I've got to think that more or less covered the whole 'mass-produced rag-doll' oeuvre.
- Why is the kite only being inducted now? People have been been playing with kites for like 2800 years. Shouldn't it have been, oh I don't know, first into the Hall of Fame?
On the upside, all you fellows out there who held onto your Atari 2600's just went from 'deluded man-child' to 'collector of fine Hall-of-Fame memorabilia' in one press release. The carpal tunnel syndrome you picked up playing space invaders now seems vaguely justified.
The Atari 2600: old school, sure. Just not Kite old school. We're talking before Jesus old school here.