November 25, 1994 |
Everyone loves a good contest of luck and skill. Toy dealers fill up their shelves with new board games and old reliable classics knowing that a game isn't just a game--it's an investment that keeps on playing. "You can take $20 and buy a stuffed animal which ends up sitting on a ledge collecting dust. Or you can buy a game that you'll use over and over again," says Doreen Ford, manager of Uncle Tom Toys in Montrose. "Good games provide play value--they're inspiring and fun."
December 16, 1990 |
Affairs of the world today bear an eerie resemblance to everyone's affairs of the heart. One side is not listening to the other. The pattern is clear, and it's pervasive. It is not so much a failure to talk to one another as it is a hesitancy to hear what the other person or side is really saying. Deborah Tannen offers this thesis in her best-selling book, "You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation."
January 25, 1996 |
Mattel Inc. offered to buy Hasbro Inc. for $5.2 billion, which would combine the world's two largest toy companies. Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro rejected the offer because it said antitrust concerns make the chance of approval "extremely low." The combination of industry leader Mattel, known for Barbie and Cabbage Patch Kids, and No. 2 Hasbro, maker of Playskool, Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley toys, would have created a company with about $6 billion in annual sales and about 40% of the U.S.
September 22, 1987 |
--William Schreiber has a one-track mind when it comes to trains. He loves them, and for years collected models. So it seems only natural that he should make his home in a 1912 railroad car. "I first thought I could get myself a mobile home, and then I said to myself, 'Why not get the ultimate and buy the original mobile home?' " said Schreiber, 70, who lives with his German shepherd, Hexie, in Marion, Ill.
April 21, 1985 |
Escape from a World War II German prison camp was never as easy as passing "Go," but prisoners could find help in doctored sets of Monopoly games that held smuggled maps, money and steel files. Monopoly is 50 years old this year, and its British manufacturers, Waddingtons Games Ltd., recently brought two former prisoners of war to the British Toy and Hobby Fair to celebrate the anniversary. Retired Col.
November 1, 1998 |
A weekly roundup of unusual news stories from around the globe, compiled from Times wire services: * Dead Biker Tours Denmark: A Danish man bade his dead father farewell by taking the corpse for a motorcycle ride last weekend, stopping at a bar for beer and a cigar. The incident began when Flemming Pedersen, 37, asked the staff at the hospital where his 86-year-old father died if he could be left alone with him for a while.
July 8, 2001 |
Last summer on book tour, psychiatrist Alvin Rosenfeld said on television that parents should make time to play games with their teenagers. The producer called him an idiot. "Come on, you think my daughter is going to play Monopoly with me?" she asked. The next day she telephoned Rosenfeld to apologize. Turns out she retrieved a dusty old Parker Brothers game from a closet the night of the taping, and her 14-year-old daughter enthusiastically joined in.