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Cobol – Egyptian Mystic. February 16, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in Uncategorized.

A recent conversation with Andy got me thinking about childhood toys and I learned that both Rom and Starbird were designed by the same man. This sent me poking around and now you can benefit from my assimilated geekery. You will find the ROM patent here. Originally he was to be an “Egyptian Mystic,” but somehow in the heat of late-1970’s Sci-Fi madness, he became a “Space Knight.” Then he was to be COBOL, but got changed to ROM.

It has me in mind of an art project, “COBOL: Egyptian Mystic.” Anyone want to mock-up a box while I track down a ROM figure and some gold spray paint?

Designer Bing McCoy is interviewed here.



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