Week 7: Toys – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Well, I missed posting during the actual week but here is my entry for the week of Toys:

One of my favorite toys when I was a kid was Barbie Dolls and an old bag of quilt scraps that my grandmothers had given to me.  I would make entire fashion ensembles for my little Barbie’s!  They were the best quilt scrap dressed barbies in the whole world – at least according to me and my sister. 

I also had a bike that I would ride for hours each spring and summer.

My most favorite toy though didn’t come along until I was a young teenager when we got our first video game system for Christmas in the early 1980s.  The Atari was shared by me and my sister and brother and we played that system for hours and hours!  I could only play a few of the games because I wasn’t then and still am not very coordinated!  But I was the family Pac-Man Champion!  I got over 200,000 in one game and I remember this because it caused a very big fight with my sister when my turn lasted well into her favorite TV Show that night and she wanted me stopped so she could watch her show. 

The main game with the system though was a game called pitfall where the little guy had to be guided to run and jump over things in order to find the prize at the end of each level.  By myself, I never got passed the first scrolling screen when you had to time the guy jumping to catch the rope and then quickly use it to jump over this big pit full of alligators or something that would kill him if he fell into them.  Now, I can verify that it was indeed a very good game because my sister and brother played it often and I think she even made it all the way to the end of the game! 

The Atari systems have made something of a comeback in recent years as a quick hook to the TV game for younger children but they were clearly the predecessors to the current WII, Playstations, etc.

Week #7 – Toys

Week 7: Toys.  What was your favorite childhood toy? Is it still being made in some form today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, February 12, 2011 through Friday, February 18, 2011.

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