An American invention, the Slinky was dreamed up by naval engineer Richard T. James, who hit upon the idea while working at a shipyard in Pittsburgh. Over 300 million have been sold in its 60-year history, earning James a fortune...which he abandoned in 1960 when he went nuts and disappeared to join a Bolivian religious cult.Bolivia. The graveyard of many a good man.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Ah, these eccentric geniuses!
In this article about classic toys, we learn some curious facts about the inventor of the Slinky.