Stuff I Did in the '80s
Master Chef
Master Chef

The fast-food chain, Burger Chef had been in my hometown for as long as I could remember. The food was good but what I loved about Burger Chef was their Fun Meal (which predated McDonald’s Happy Meal by nearly a decade). The printed cardboard box that held your burger and fries was designed as a papercraft which, when tab A was placed into slot A, would create anything from a haunted house to a Star Wars spaceship! My uncle once dubbed the milkshakes, “ …so thick you can turn the cup upside-down!” Of course, neither he nor I took into consideration the warmth emanating from our hands, which softened the shake and caused it to blurp its contents onto the table. The Burger Chef chain was sold in 1982 and ours, like many, was soon transformed into a Hardee’s. Though the building and fixtures remained the same, the magic of the chef was gone.

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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.