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GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/63045541@N03/5761370539/">Meg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: Meg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GI Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) G.I. Joe is turning 50.

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and Hasbro Inc., which introduced it in 1964.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco's straw hat and some of his toys are part of the permanent collection at the Adirondack Museum. Photo: Andy Flynn
Arto Monaco's straw hat and some of his toys are part of the permanent collection at the Adirondack Museum. Photo: Andy Flynn

Adirondack Attic: Arto Monaco's magical world

We continue our series, the Adirondack Attic, with Andy Flynn. You may know Andy from his series of Adirondack Attic books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.

Today, Andy Flynn takes a closer look at some of the artifacts from Arto Monaco, creator of the Land of Makebelieve, in Upper Jay.  Go to full article
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy.  (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)
A lead detector finds over 5000 parts per million of lead in this toy. (Photo by Lisa Ann Pinkerton)

Toxic toys still on shelves

Millions of toys were recalled last year because of lead contamination. There were about half as many recalls this year, but lead in toys is still a problem. Rebecca Williams reports there's a new law that will limit the amount of lead in any toy or children's product, but it won't go into effect until after the holidays.  Go to full article

Detecting lead in toys

Mattel and Fisher Price recently recalled millions of their most popular toys because they were fond to carry high levels of lead. Continuing reports of lead in toys are making health officials and many parents wonder about other objects children play with. In the past, testing objects for lead has been time consuming, but new technology could make lead detection in everyday objects easier and faster. Lisa Ann Pinkerton has more.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book

Arto Monaco: The King of Make Believe

Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country native Arto Monaco. Monaco built a half-dozen theme parks. Most are gone now, swept away by changing tastes. But Monaco himself is still around, still creating make-believe worlds. Brian Mann visited his workshop in Upper Jay and has our story.  Go to full article

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