February 3rd, 2013
01:08 AM ET

Etch A Sketch creator Andre Cassagnes dies

While tinkering in his garage, French electrician Andre Cassagnes dreamed up a drawing toy that kids could shake up and start over.

Little did he know that more than 50 years later, the toy that became the Etch A Sketch would continue to delight children.

Cassagnes died January 16 in a Paris suburb at age 86, according to a statement released Saturday by The Ohio Art Company. His cause of his death was not disclosed.

Cassagnes created what would become the Etch A Sketch in his garage in 1950. The drawing toy was made up of a joystick, glass and aluminum powder.

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  1. Hanno Phoenicia

    Will Romney honor his mentor by attending the funeral?

    February 3, 2013 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    "Tech Support for ... Etch-A-Sketch"

    Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has a distorted display. What should I do? A: Pick it up and shake it.
    Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has these funny little lines all over it, what should I do? A: Pick it up and shake it.
    Q: How do I turn my Etch-A-Sketch off? A: Pick it up and shake it. Set it down.
    Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has lines that prevent me from doing my drawing correctly. What should I do? A: Pick it up and shake it.
    Q: How do I delete a docu ment from my Etch-A-Sketch? A: Pick it up and shake it.
    Q: How do I keep from losing my Etch-A-Sketch drawings? A: Stop shaking it.

    February 3, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Solution to the Y2K problemThe government`s system administration team, working with computer manufacturers and experts in the computer industry, has found a lower cost alternative to address the Y2K (Year 2000) issue: The goal is to remove all computers from the desktop by December 31, 1999. In exchange for taking every computer, an Etch-A-Sketch will be issued to all Americans. There are many reasons for doing this:

    1. No Y2K problems.
    2. No technical glitches keeping working from being done.
    3. No more wasted time reading and writing E-Mails.

    February 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    NOT ME @ 10!40

    February 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO

    If they make a mistake on his tombstone, a couple of pall bearers will just pick it up, give it a shake, and make the correction.

    February 4, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |