March 21, 1993 |
A lot of women have a love/hate relationship with Barbie. But Judy Rogers has it worse than most. Put a Barbie doll into her hands and she's likely to try to rip it apart--bend its knees thousands of times, set it on fire, even hurl the poor thing against the wall. But it's not a feminist rage against Barbie's impossible measurements and vacuous smile; Rogers is just doing her job. She's a doll specialist in Mattel's quality and safety engineering department.
August 13, 1995 |
convention doll n. a hard-to-find doll produced in small quantities for a yearly convention of Barbie doll collectors. department store special n . a doll manufactured for and sold exclusively by one chain. doll newbie n. An owner who believes a doll dates from 1966 because of the marking on its rear. The figure actually refers to when the patent was issued. loose adj . out of the box. "The only Barbies you see at garage sales are loose and nude."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1992 |
Next to the charred skeleton of his house, Glen Offield stood Tuesday and contemplated life without his Barbies. "They meant everything to me," the unemployed collector said. "I could do without eating. I don't know if I can live without them." Inside his gutted house, the broiled torsos of his cheap "Tammy" dolls jutted, unladylike, from a heap of black rubble.
October 14, 1992 |
Two fires at the same house were deliberately set last weekend to cover up the theft of an estimated $1 million worth of Barbies, in what was perhaps the largest Barbie doll heist in the nation's history, authorities said. Fire officials say the thief doused Glen Offield's rented house with gasoline early Saturday morning after making off with his collection while Offield was attending a doll show in Los Angeles.
August 2, 2012 |
With her steely gaze, razor-sharp cheekbones and preternatural vaulting abilities, 16-year-old American gymnast McKayla Maroney is an early contender for breakout star of the 2012 London Olympics. On Wednesday, Stephen Colbert joined President Obama and Lady Gaga in praising the tiny powerhouse and her "Fierce Five" teammates. Like millions of viewers, Colbert was blown away by Maroney's near-perfect execution of the Amanar vault, one of the most difficult feats in gymnastics.
August 20, 1991 |
A friend of mine calls it The Barbie Burden. None of us looks like a plastic Barbie doll, but deep down in some sugarcoated recess of our psyches, we feel that we should . Looking good invariably comes down to looking like somebody else. She has big hair and a teeny-tiny waist and just enough hips to put a slight curve in her jeans. It's tough, this image. Even Jane Fonda, the scuttlebutt goes, has had her breasts surgically enlarged.
February 22, 1989 |
As many of you have suspected, one person alone cannot write a column of this magnitude. Which is why I have an entire network of contacts who provide me with fresh, significant ideas on a regular basis. One of my best contacts works at a national magazine and feeds me tidbits on the understanding that I will never reveal her name (Kate). Every now and then something will cross her desk that is so beneath the standards of her own publication that she will call me with it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1996 |
If Barbie talked, she would have been gushing Sunday. There she was, on Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive, diamonds laced around her slender neck, toes tucked into ruby-encrusted slippers, mink stole tossed over her shoulders and a Louis Vuitton bag by her side. Granted, Barbie, who has introduced millions of American girls to the pleasures of consumerism, was visiting the kingdom of retail chic to be auctioned off to the highest bidder as part of a benefit for children's charities.
February 8, 1999 |
So Barbie is--gasp!--turning 40. But doing so, of course, with nary a crow's foot, nary a gray hair, neither squiggle of cellulite nor hint of a double chin. And to think that the quintessential material girl even may be lying about her age! After all, she was a teenage model when she entered our lives, back in March 1959--a babe, not a baby doll, an 11 1/2-inch-tall sex symbol with big hair and big breasts (though neither navel nor nipples).