• A True American Icon

    by  • March 9, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    barbie glamourToday is Barbie’s 51st Birthday. And I think you’ll agree, she’s as pretty today as she was back in 1959.

    How many of you still have your Barbie? Maybe hidden away in a box of childhood memories. Or stashed in your parent’s attic. Perhaps sitting quietly on a bookshelf.

    I had a GI Joe growing up. He was tough on the outside, but fell apart after a good soaking in the bathtub. It made me sad that the little strings holding him together broke and his arms and legs fell off. At least his Life-Like Hair and Kung-Fu grip survived.

    barbie1959These days, a vintage 1959 Barbie in great condition can be worth thousands of dollars to collectors. Perhaps its the black and white zebra one piece swimsuit. Or the arched eyebrows and the eyes looking off to the right. In those days, Barbie was a blonde 75% of the time.

    Want to identify your Barbie? Doll Reference is a great resource for determining the actual model Barbie you have.


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.