Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to LEGO!!!

Lego celebrates it's 50th birthday ... no, I don't remember a time before the little plastic bricks ... I barely remember a time before TV's had remotes. Because most people don't realize the therapeutic properties of these little cathartic gems ... I am encouraging everyone to visit the LEGO site and shop away!!!!

Here's a little snippet from the tribute page ... "The LEGO history began in 1932 in Denmark, when Ole Kirk Christansen founded a small factory for wooden toys in the unknown town of Billund in the south of the country. To find a name for his company he organized a competition among his employees. As fate would have it however, he himself came up with the best name: LEGO – a fusion of the Danish words “LEg” and “GOdt” (“play well”).

Barely 15 years later Christiansen discovered plastic as the ideal material for toy production, and bought the first injection moulding machine in Denmark. His courage, input and investment paid off: in 1949 he developed the LEGO brick prototype, which continues to excite countless children and adults to this very day. Over the years he perfected the brick, which is still the basis of the entire LEGO game and building system today. Of course there have been small adjustments in shape, colour and design from time to time, but today’s LEGO bricks still fit bricks from 1958."

Play on. Play well. Just Play.

This post was prompted by a lovely reminder from my aunt, Debbie (or maybe I should say, a reminder from my lovely aunt, Debbie ...) Thanks, AD!


AudreyO said...

I love Lego. I never knew the history of Lego. How interesting. Both of my kids have grown up on Legos.

Heather said...

Yay for Yegos!