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Small Wonder -- TV Show from '80s. I knew this sitcom about a regular family with a secret robot daughter, wasn't merely a figment of my overactive, pre-adolescent imagination!
The Slinky was invented in 1943 by Richard James and first sold by Gimbal's Department stores in 1945. In 1960 Richard James gave all his money to a religious cult and moved to Bolivia. In 1962 his wife Betty James, reorganized the company, began an advertising campaign and gave us the Slinky we know today.