This marvelous Magic Window was, as Bill Gates says,

” the first interactive TV show “

For many of us, it was our first experience of making the TV do what we wanted it to do.

For those who didn’t experience Winky Dink back in the mid-50’s, I could try to explain it, but instead let’s use those newfangled hyperlinks to conjure up some oral history at TV Party. (There are 3 pages – Check it out)

… and, of course, there’s always Wikipedia

The images here are from my very own beat-up Winky Dink Kit:

  • the green “magic window” screen (to be placed over the tv screen)
  • special “magic crayons”
  • and erasing cloth

It offers a simple, but very accessible User Interface, don’t you think?

Note:  The crayons have little dots on them (in the white band).  When stored in the box, the dots line up to give Winky Dink “crazy eyes”… Nice touch.

“How To”

This Winky Dink kit was a “career appropriate” graduation gift (from the Interactive Telecommunications Program) by my buddy, Anne McKay who worked with me on the Bryant Park Redesign Project.

Ahhhh… memories…



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