Nolan Bushnell is one of Silicon Valley's early computer pioneers and a technology visionary. He is perhaps best known for founding Atari and kicking off the video game industry. He also took a pizza parlor and turned it into Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theater, now a $280 million operation.
In the 1980's Nolan Bushnell's Axlon, Inc. came to Ron Milner of Applied Design Labs, Inc. looking for a very special bear. The company's original request had been for a bear who could parrot a child's words. Instead, Milner suggested that Bushnell might prefer to meet a bear with a personality. Within a mere two month's time, Ron was able to introduce Bushnell to A.G. Bear, the very best teddy bear in the whole wide world. A.G. had a personality the likes of which no-one had ever seen.
Not only was A.G. Bear an overnight hit with children, he achieved unprecedented popularity with adults. From cab drivers to CEO's, A.G. Bear won over heart after heart. It's a fact. Never before and never afterwards has anyone met such a remarkably personable bear.
Toy industry analyst Paul Valentine described A.G. Bear as "... great for the imagination. It's saying whatever a kid imagines it says." (Note: Mr. Valentine is not bearlingual)
A.G. is special, to say the least. Officers of the Morgan Hill, California, and Boulder, Colorado police departments encouraged A.G. Bear to ride on patrol with them, in order to calm children who had been involved in automobile accidents or domestic incidents. Because he's a young bear himself, A.G. turned out to be a natural. He could talk to those children in a language each of them understood. Many of those brave police officers were so impressed that they invited A.G. Bear home to stay with their own families.
A.G. retired from public life some years back.
All requests for his return had been declined.
Until Bedtime-Story asked, that is.
We're going to bring A.G. Bear HOME!
Here are the A.G.Bear Books in order. Simply click on the name to go to that story.
Tales, The Tea Party
Book -2- No Matter Where You Go, There You Are
Book -3- Chapter Flea
Book -4- Strawberry Fields, Wherever
Book -5- Night-Time Is The Time To Sleep
Book -6- Things That Go Snnaarrrrkk In The Night
Background: The Making of The Adventures of A.G. Bear
Cynthia Gurin lives in South Florida with her husband Bob, a quartet of cats, two dogs, a remarkably wise duck, and a teddy bear or two. She has achieved recognition in both the Miami Herald and The Wall Street Journal for innovative marketing techniques. She considers the Personal Ad, through which she met her husband, to be her most rewarding literary endeavor. She holds a senior corporate position in the real world. Send Mail to Cynthia Gurin
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