Game Boy - Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello ATT blog fans!  We are back in the Toy Box today, exploring the lit signs we have hanging from the ceiling amidst all the bicycles, model airplanes, stuffed animals and other oddities and beauties.  The image to the right is of one of our signs used at the height of the success of Nintendo's handheld electronic wonder, the Game Boy.  The first version of the Game Boy to be released was in 1989.  Created by Gunpei Yokoi and the Nintendo Research and Development Team One, 300,000 of these technological marvels were introduced to the Japanese market on April 21st of that year.  They were all sold within two weeks' time for approximately $97 American.  That was only the beginning.

Nintendo dominated the hand-held gaming market for years, improving upon their own creations over and over again - even going color in 1998.  But the success of the Game Boy could not last forever.  Nintendo's release of the Micro in 2003 conflicted with another of their products that came out the next year - the Nintendo DS Handheld.  This had wifi capabilities.  Along with the free apps available on smart phones, the Game Boy name was officially retired in 2008. Having sold over 200 million Game Boys since 1989, the end of an era had been reached.
QUESTION:  Which of the following was NOT a game released for the Nintendo Game Boy?
A)  Star Trek
B)  Star Wars
C)  Star Man
D)  Stargate

DO YOU HAVE A QUARTER?  The first parking meter was placed on this day in 1935 on a street in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Not necessarily something to be happy about, this did prove an amazingly influential action.  The Park-O-Meter Number One, as this first meter became known, charged a nickel for an hour's parking, and was placed at the southeast corner of First Street and Robinson Avenue.  It was intended to clear up the city as automotive traffic was increasing dramatically.  It worked.  Most people weren't too happy with it, but business owners were pretty ecstatic, as it ensured a regular flow of potential customers in the area.

MR. VIBRAPHONE.  Earlier this week, we talked about J.C. Deagan and his influence on percussion instruments.  Well, today we celebrate the birth of Cal Tjader - coming from St. Louis, Missouri in 1925, Mr. Tjader became one of the most famous vibraphone artists of the twentieth century, playing the music of the Caribbean and jazz worlds, he created a fusion that caused pleasure for countless fans and extended the duration of his career, which only ended with his passing in 1982.

QUOTE:  Always look ahead, but never look back - Miles Davis

ANSWER:  C)  Star Man.