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• André Cassagnes, described by various news services a French electrical technician, reportedly passed away on January 16 at the age of 86.

Why is he noteworthy? Because some 50 years ago, Cassagnes invented the Etch A Sketch.

According to the New York Times, "Etch A Sketch was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester in 1998; in 2003, the Toy Industry Association named it one of the hundred best toys of the 20th century. To date, more than 100 million have been sold."

Last year, the Etch A Sketch took on a political dimension when an aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney used it as a simile for how his candidate would adjust his positions when moving from the GOP primary race (where he needed to be more conservative and play to his base) to the general election (where it was believed he needed to moderate his views).
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