You never really forget anything. It’s all still in your memory. Recall can be difficult as we age because we set aside things we deem irrelevant to survival, and those pathways to memories seem lost. But then we remember. Sometimes it’s unprompted, or perhaps we’ve been trying to remember for a very long time, but usually the information is still there whenever we want it.
Sometimes it happens to me, and this time, I remembered the name of something that I played with as a child long ago.
Do you remember the Questron books and answer wand?
How about now? No? Look closer this time…
I bet you remember now! Released by Child’s Play Ltd. in 1987, the Questron Answer Wand was an interactive learning aid which was accompanied by a series of books. It was voted “Toy of the Year, 1987” by What Toy Magazine. The wand had a microchip which sensed correct and incorrect answers when used with linked books. A green flashing light and cheerful beep confirmed a correct answer. Questron had a U.S. patent, though, and a description can be found at FreePatentsOnline.com.
These are impossible to find now, and I admit that my own has long been lost due to moving from Ohio to Tennessee when I was nine years old, but I don’t understand why there’s no market for such things today. Why is it that simple products available in my childhood are no longer available?
– Ditch X