- Posted July 8, 2008 by
Ann Arbor, Michigan
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Happy Meal Toy Museum at work (more photos)
So it is not like the offices of most library directors. I am the
director of the Kresge Business Administration Library at the Ross
School of Business at the University of Michigan. I have a nice
Long and short of it, I started collecting happy meal toys before my
kids were born (they are now 12 and 14). I am a bit of a pack-rat and
started putting out toys in my offices at the Historical Society of
Western Pennsylvania (in Pittsburgh) and a smaller collection at the
Baseball Hall of Fame, when I was there for two years. After a stint
working as a software trainer (home based), I too a job at the
University of Toledo. By then, my kids were deep into the Happy Meal
ages and they would lose interest in the toys in about two days. So I
would bring them to work. You can see what I did at Toledo.
My office at Michigan was setup by my kids (Jeremy and Chris) and I
continue to expand the collection from the toys given up by nieces and
nephews. Actually, I just received a box of toys from my mother who
will only eat happy meals (for a less filling and fat-laden meal).
The collection (if that is indeed the word to use) is made up of not
only happy meal toys (all restaurants), but any small toy that fits in.
One of my favorites are the Axis of Evil finger puppets and I have a
special place for toys given to me by students or colleagues. I have
two big boxes that I need to fit in there and ran out of shelf space.
The one thing that is great is that it provides color to the office.