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Sun, Feb. 3rd, 2013, 02:28 pm
Farewell, Andrew Cassagnes

Now there's a name you likely don't know. But, oh, you know his most famous work.

Andre Cassagnes, who has passed away at the age of 86, was the inventor of the Etch-A-Sketch.

As toy, artwork, political commentary, even keychain, that red slab of glass, plastic, and aluminum powder with the two knobs has permeated our culture for five decades, with no end in sight. I've owned several over the years, and I've got my eye on the iOS app (only $2.99, or only 99¢ for the one that turns your photos into Etch-A-Sketches).

Bonne chance, Msr. Cassagnes, et merci.

(h/t janedit)

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1598773.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Sun, Feb. 3rd, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)

David Gerrold's comment, as reported by one of my Facebook friends (forgot who, sorry):

"I am shaken by this news."

Maybe I shouldn't have laughed, but I did.

Mon, Feb. 4th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)


Sun, Feb. 3rd, 2013 11:36 pm (UTC)

I loved my etch-a-sketch, which my mom sent me one year as a birthday present. Don't think anyone else in Switzerland had one, or at least I wasn't aware of one.

PS: It should be "bonne chance".

Mon, Feb. 4th, 2013 01:43 am (UTC)

Thanks. My high school French is extremely rusty.