Happy Birthday Reuben Klamer; Inventor of The Game of Life

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We don't typically remember birthdays on Global Toy News but when someone as prominent as Reuben Klamer turns 90,  it is something to celebrate. 

Reuben is a member of the Toy Industry Hall of Fame and his "The Game of Life" is in the Toy Hall of Fame.  He is also a winner of the Toy and Game Inventor Lifetime Achievement Award (TAGIE Award). An amazing 200 of his toy and game inventions have made it to market.  Here are just a few as listed in the Toy Industry Hall of Fame:

Fisher-Price 1-2-3 Roller Skates, Trainer skates; the Art Linkletter Hoop; Gaylord the Walking Dog (Ideal); Moon Rocks (Hasbro); Dolly Darlings (Hasbro); Erector Constructor Sets (A.C. Gilbert); Busy Blocks and Zoo-It-Yourself (Tupperware) and no-glue "snap-together" hobby kits (Eldon Industries). Mr. Klamer also pioneered the worldwide use in toys of an unbreakable plastic called polyethylene. 

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friend.   You are a living legend.

 

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  1. Lovely item and photo of Reuben, Richard. He’s a man of great integrity, generosity, loyalty and kindness, as everyone who knows him can attest. Happy, happy birthday, RBK!!!

  2. Richard, so glad you posted Reuben’s birthday. You are right, such birthdays should be noted and celebrated!
    Reuben is a very special person, always making an effort to support the industry. It amazes me and is an honor that he travels to our events in Chicago in November (could stay in sunny CA) and takes time to support and offer sage advice. It is also an honor to call him a friend.
    Happy Birthday, Reuben!
    ~Mary

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