Monday, February 06, 2006
The stuff dreams are made of
It the 1970s the best hope a kid had for learning about upcoming toys was to get their mitts on the Sears Wish Book, which conveniently came out in the late fall. This thick cornucopia of avarice was our book of dreams. I can still remember getting this book and quickly flipping past all the boring clothes to the end, where all the cool stuff was. With marker in hand, to circle all the stuff we wanted “Santa” to bring us, I would get to work. Over the ensuing weeks I would go through this catalogue repeatedly and each time I did so I would get the same thrill I experienced when I looked at it for the very first time. The Sears Wish Book was the ultimate toy tease for a kid. By circling ever Star Wars thing I could find I all but guaranteed that I would get a few of the many things I wanted.