One of the things I like best about the annual TAGIE toy and game inventor Lifetime Achievement award is that we pause to celebrate the toy industry’s heroes. Like past winners, Reuben Klamer (Game of Life), Eddie Goldfarb (Chattering Teeth) and Jeffrey Breslow (Ants in the Pants), we owe Burt Meyer a thank you. Inventors like Burt make a difference in society and culture. How many artists found their passion in “Lite Brite”; became inventors because of “Mousetrap” or who never beat the crap out of somebody because of “Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots.”
In these economically troubled times, we should also take a moment and thank Burt and his predecessors for creating jobs. Let’s face it, nobody works if there are no toys and games to make, ship and sell. And let me tell you, Burt efforts have put a lot of people to work.