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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 29, 2011 / 27 Tamuz, 5771

He'll always be known as Hot Wheels Handler

By Dale McFeatters




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You may not have noticed the death of Elliott Handler last week at age 91, and even if you did, you probably didn't recognize the name. But if you were the parents of small boys or a small boy yourself once, you would immediately recognize his signature invention -- Hot Wheels.

Elliott and his high school sweetheart, Ruth, went on to found what is now the world's largest toymaker. He is the "el" in Mattel.

Ruth Handler really launched the company into the toy stratosphere. She created the ageless and continuously reinvented Barbie doll. Elliott Handler counseled against the Barbie's original design, arguing that no mother is going to allow her daughter to own a busty doll whose equivalent measurements in real life would be 39-21-33.

Later Barbie was joined by her frequently overlooked consort, Ken. (Barbie and Ken were named after the Handlers' children. The takeaway: If you invent a popular doll, name it after somebody else; it will spare your offspring endless teasing.)

In the mid-1960s, when Mattel had soared into the Fortune 500, Elliott Handler turned to a field where, unlike dolls, he apparently had considerable expertise and a sense of his target market.

Hot Wheels offered a fleet of detailed and luridly painted muscle cars, sports cars, ticked out trucks, Indy cars, vans, hot rods, dream cars, custom cars, stock cars, dump trucks, fire engines, dragsters and even your father's Oldsmobile, if dad's Olds was a 442.

Many of the Hot Wheels are now collectors' items but most of them were brutally used toys, flying off ramps, aimed in deliberate collisions -- with appropriate sound effects, of course -- and sometimes neatly lined up in a display of automotive might.

Hot Wheels hasn't totally lost touch with its inner Barbie. One new design is the Danicar, said to have been co-designed by Indy car racer Danica Patrick.

Elliott Handler's name may be forgotten, but he will never be, not as long as an adult in bare feet steps on one in the dark while checking on the kids.

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Previously:

07/25/11: Recruiting children to save a dying town

07/22/11: Bachmann's admirable medical candor

07/12/11: Social Security's grave mistakes

07/08/11: Debt crisis need not be constitutional crisis

07/07/11: Startups entice new talent with kickball, treehouses

07/05/11: Stranded tourists get rare treat

06/30/11: The dollar Americans refuse to spend

06/27/11: The hangman doesn't cometh





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