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Wed, November 5, 2014

The Most Influential Toys of ALL Time.

Hi.
Thanks for stopping by.
My wife (again) brought up something I mentioned on the air, and in true Big Bang Theory lifestyle (mine of course) had her own opinion…which I agree on 100 percent.  Read the list, agree or disagree and then below read the best defense for what should be number 1.

The 13 Most Influential Toys of All Time

"Time" magazine interviewed a bunch of toy historians and experts, and came up with a list of the 13 most influential toys of all time.  Here are the results . . .

1.  LEGO.  It's the world's biggest toy company, and has stayed that way for more than 50 years across several generations of kids.
2.  Barbie.
3.  G.I. Joe.
4.  The Nerf Bow and Arrow.  When it launched in 1991, it showed Nerf could make more than Nerf balls . . . and they're still big today.
5.  Chatty Cathy.  She was the first talking doll.
6.  The Easy Bake Oven.
7.  The Super Soaker.
8.  Doc McStuffins.  This is the newest toy on the list.  It's based on a Disney Junior animated series, and it's the first black doll that's become popular with all races of kids.
9.  "Star Wars" figures. 
10.  View-Master.
11.  The Rubik's Cube.
12.  Leap Pad.  One of the first toys that successfully made learning fun.
13.  Cabbage Patch Dolls.
(Time)

What should be #1?
Star Wars Figures.  They are the reason we now have EVEY movie related merchandise item (for seemingly EVERY movie) from figures to video games to bed sheets to…LEGO’s.  
Do you have a better argument???
And no Monopoly, a teddy bear or Hot Wheels or....
Any others?
BT

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Bryon Taylor's Bio
Well, if you’ve made it this far you are either bored silly at work, or a relative making sure you aren’t mentioned in this brief, tell all bio.

I was born in the land of Bratwurst (not Germany) and Torke Coffee (not Brazil or Africa) and at a young age fell fast in love with all things radio.  My first memory of being a DJ  was setting up a tape recorder in front of our stylish console stereo and playing 45’s (those are the smaller size records, you do know what I’m referring to right) and talking in between while switching them.  I’m glad technology has improved in some areas over the year.

In High School I got licensed to be on the air before I could drive and it’s been a fun journey from that time, through college (UW Oshkosh) right up to now at KZ1043.

My life always seems to somehow revolve around radio.  My favorite case in point: I met my wife through a friend who was in radio as well.  She works in the industry too and should probably be on the air instead of me, but my face is better suited for radio.

In my spare time I love taking pictures of everything from our cat Lady Penelope (who’s been in both the Bad Cats and Page-A-Day calendars) and our African Grey Parrot, Samurai (who appeared in a cat calendar as well, yes you read correctly).  I also love long walks on the beach, fresh flowers…sorry, had to do that.  The thing I love about being part of KZ1043 is the music I get to listen to and PLAY.  I really love all kinds of music, however my overall taste is grounded in the 80’s and early 90’s, Depech Mode, Duran Duran, Asia, B-52’s…I could go on, but chances are that another one of my favorite bands is on right now.  So with that, I’ll join you in stopping this and turning on the radio.  Sorry if this is too much information, I tried to warn you.  It could be worse; I could be blogging about things you really don’t care about such as my favorite movies like Star Wars (Nerd Note: the original 1977) or Die Hard and TV shows which include Archer and Big Bang Theory, but I’d rather spend my time with you on the radio.
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