Dr Fad... Dr Fad... Dr Fad...
July 28, 2011 9:49 AM Subscribe
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In 1983, Ken Hakuta
's mother in Japan sent him some toys in the mail for his kids. They were octopus shaped, and when you threw them against the wall they "walked" down the wall. Seeing some marketing potential, he bought the rights to the toys for $100,000, and the Wacky Wall Walker was born. It became a HUGE success after a slow start, being offered as a prize in Kellogg's cereals
and even inspiring a Christmas special on NBC
. Eventually they ended up (according to Hakuta) selling a over 240 million units!
Sometime during this wildly successful period, Dr. Fad
was born. Ken wanted to everybody to invent and create. From 1988 to 1994, the Dr Fad Show
featured a Wall Walker-covered-sweater wearing Hakuta as "Dr Fad" in a kids' gameshow format, with contestants coming on and showing off their inventions, the winner being judged by an applause meter. The show also had a "Golden Gizmo" segment, honouring the great fads of the past - a young Rodney Mullen
accepted the Golden Gizmo for skateboarding, while other "famous" folks responsible (or in some other way related to) the fads appeared to receive the award in other segments.
More Dr Fad 80' TV goodness:
Dr Fad clip featuring Betty James, wife of the inventor of the Slinky accepting the golden gizmo
Dr Fad clip featuring a totally nonsensical 1978 flashback
Dr Fad clip featuring "Fad Court", a segment with kids judging "good" and "bad" fads