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Monday, October 13th, 2008 | Uncategorized

Shrinky Dinks are local!

I heard a bunch of police & fire sirens this morning — a good 10 minutes’ worth — so I turned on the local news to see what was up. (And, more importantly, was it gonna mess with my drive in to work. Oh, sure, something might be on fire, but how does it affect me?) (Did I mention I’m not a morning person?) The local news, being about the most useless thing ever, had nothing about what the emergency personnel were up to. They did, however, have a story on Shrinky Dinks’ 35th anniversary (complete with the worst camerawork I’ve ever seen, but that’s a whole ‘nuther story), and were interviewing the woman who created them. She used to be a Scout den mother and was looking for ideas for crafts. She tested the first batch of Shrinky Dinks in her kitchen and initially put them on sale at Brookfield Square Mall. Friday marks the 35th anniversary of the day they went on sale.

I had no idea they were a Wisconsin thing, much less a Milwaukee-area thing. Shrinky Dinks are one of my very favorite thing from childhood. I still make them.

So happy anniversary, Shrinky Dinks. Here’s to another 35+ years!

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