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December 13, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
"Our toys interest the same kids who buy video games," Steven Levine was saying, only the slightest bit defensively. We were upstairs at the Westlake Village headquarters of Uncle Milton Industries Inc., a toy maker whose products -- Levine's assessment of the overlapping market notwithstanding -- are as different from those of, say, Activision, as living things are from computer-generated monsters.
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December 13, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
"Our toys interest the same kids who buy video games," Steven Levine was saying, only the slightest bit defensively. We were upstairs at the Westlake Village headquarters of Uncle Milton Industries Inc., a toy maker whose products -- Levine's assessment of the overlapping market notwithstanding -- are as different from those of, say, Activision, as living things are from computer-generated monsters.
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October 22, 1999 | ROY RIVENBURG
Insect Lawyers Bureau: It's always a thrill to get threatening letters from lawyers, especially when their clients are ants. After our report on a man who wants to have his cremated ashes placed in a "massive ant farm tombstone," we heard from insect attorney Marvin H. Kleinberg, who wrote: "As the representative of Uncle Milton Industries Inc., proprietors of the registered trademark 'Ant Farm,' we must object." Kleinberg said we should have used the term "ant vivarium."
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October 5, 1998 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Listen, the rocket scientists told the toy makers, to what's going up into the big sandbox we call space: * A spacecraft packed with aerogel--a kind of frozen smoke--to capture stardust from the heart of a comet dubbed Wild 2. * An orbiter and probe bound for Saturn to peer at the planet's Hula Hoopish rings. * A dragonfly-shaped spacecraft, Deep Space 1, headed for a rendezvous with an asteroid. Now, wouldn't they make great toys?
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July 24, 1986 | JERRY COHEN, Times Staff Writer
Ants share many qualities possessed by the most admirable of human beings. Ants are loyal, industrious, cooperative and clean. Some ants are smart and are natural leaders. Others are not so smart and need to be told by the bosses what to do. When one of the dummies wanders off on his own, for instance, a leader raps him on the head with his feelers and orders him back in line.
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December 13, 1993 | SUE HORTON
This is the story of an ant. It began last fall when my 4-year-old son, Sam, announced that the one thing he wanted for Christmas was an ant farm. I was less than enthusiastic, having never enjoyed a warm relationship with ants. Our association to that point had revolved primarily around their attempts to please their queen with the contents of my kitchen. I tried to talk Sam out of the ant farm. "We could get a book about ants," I suggested.
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July 21, 2010 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
The allure of ants may escape most people, but Uncle Milton Industries Inc. has based decades of success on the creatures. The Westlake Village toy maker is famed for inventing the ant farm in 1956 as well as other playthings in the science-and-nature niche. Uncle Milton's Ant Farm is so popular and has spawned so many imitators that company President Frank Adler may be only half joking when he says: "We do supply the ants from a secret source; we'd tell you but then we'd have to kill you. ... Competition is always seeking out that information."
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