Corruption at the Toy Hall of Fame
Today, with extra time in Rochester, NY before my show tonight at the University of Rochester, I visited the promising-sounding "Toy Hall of Fame" at the National Museum of Play. While it was charming and informative, I couldn't help but be struck by the apparent corruption in the HOF nominating process.
- •Etch a Sketch: inducted 1998.So far, so good. Definitely deserves to be in the Hall.
- •Crayola Crayons: inducted 1998.Another classic. Congratulations to everyone at Crayola. Well-earned.
- •Checkers: inducted 2003.Wait... What? Checkers isn't on the first ballot? It's not inducted until a full five years after the Etch a Sketch?
- •Chess: inducted 2013.Are you fucking kidding me? There was a full ten year period between checkers and chess?! What was in between?
- •Easy-Bake Oven: inducted 2006.Seven years before CHESS? What else was inducted before chess?
- •Blanket: inducted 2011.IN THE TOY HALL OF FAME?!?!
- •THE SMOKING GUNThis museum is largely funded by Big Toy. If kids weren't having such a good time at this place I'd be quite outraged.