Stuff I Did in the '80s
I’ve Got a Secret
I’ve Got a Secret

Just like the hula hoop of yesteryear and fidget spinners of not-so-long-ago, Rubik’s cube was THE toy fad of the 1980s.

Our school was infested in ‘81. Cubes were everywhere: stuffed in backpacks, stacked on teacher’s desks and clicking and spinning on the playground. We had one kid in our entire middle school, Tom Hoffelder, who could solve that thing, no matter how much you scrambled it—a superpower I was awed by (and still am).

My only solution to Rubik’s ubiquitous puzzle was to attack it with a spoon, pry it apart, and reassemble it in its original state. No doubt this approach wasn’t what the toy makers had in mind but it certainly got the job done.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.