Thomson ReutersFebruary 3, 2013 18:15
By Karen Brooks
Feb 3 (Reuters) - Andre Cassagnes, inventor of the iconic and award-winning childhood drawing toy, Etch A Sketch, died on Jan. 16 in a Paris suburb. He was 86.
The electrical technician dreamed up the world-famous toy and turned it into a symbol of fleeting creativity, the clean slate for idle doodles and a tableau of memories for generations of Americans.
Etch A Sketch was introduced in the United States in 1960 by Ohio Art Co, making its mark as the top-selling Christmas toy that year.