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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:22 PM

The guy who Invented the Etch-A-Sketch Has Died...it wasn't Mittens

André Cassagnes, a French electrical technician who half a century ago invented Etch A Sketch, the mechanical drawing toy that has lately become an American political simile, died on Jan. 16 near Paris. He was 86.

The Ohio Art Company, which makes Etch A Sketch, announced the death.

A chance inspiration involving metal particles and the tip of a pencil led Mr. Cassagnes to develop Etch A Sketch in the late 1950s. First marketed in 1960, the toy — with its rectangular gray screen, red frame and two white knobs — quickly became one of the brightest stars in the constellation of midcentury childhood amusements that included Lincoln Logs and the Slinky.

Etch A Sketch was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester in 1998; in 2003, the Toy Industry Association named it one of the hundred best toys of the 20th century. To date, more than 100 million have been sold.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/business/andre-cassagnes-etch-a-sketch-inventor-is-dead-at-86.html?_r=0

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:29 PM

1. He'll be buried in a casket with no diagonal angles. nt

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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:31 PM

2. Frank Conniff tweeted:

"Inventor of Etch a Sketch died. Did you know that before it was a symbol of Mitt Romney's empty soul, it was a toy? Wow!"

https://twitter.com/frankconniff

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