Uncle Milton, RIP

The media is reporting that Milton Levine, inventor of Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm, has died at age 97.

The Ant Farm was one of those little inventions that amplified through American pop culture, bequeathing its name not just to a kitsch toy but as a societal metaphor, working its way even into band names.

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  2. :~( I was surprised he was still alive a few weeks ago in http://antfarm.yuku.com/reply/86431/Good-Old-Uncle-Milton-California-s-Gold-Video-Log-Classics-A forum thread. So sad. His Ant Farms got me into ants!

    http://unclemilton.com/news/press_releases/ has the official announcement about him. 🙁 http://news.google.com/news/more?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&cf=all&ncl=dr3XVI4rMPVrNQMUDz7E3ivf0isSM has more stories from all over the Internet. http://news.google.com/news/story?pz=1&cf=i&ned=us&hl=en&ncl=dr3XVI4rMPVrNQMUDz7E3ivf0isSM has photographs/photos. of him.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-milton-levine-20110126,0,4629044.story was interesting with “… The ant farm became a classic partly because it ‘stoked the curiosity’ of budding scientists and provided a fascinating educational experience, said Tim Walsh, a toy historian who last interviewed Levine in 2006 for the documentary ‘Toyland’ (2010)…” and “… Both Levine and Cossman promoted the ant farm on television. Levine made an ‘executive’ ant farm of mahogany and glass for Dick Clark and spoke at length with the puppet Lamb Chop on ‘The Shari Lewis Show.’…” I want to see these.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/photo/2011/01/26/PH2011012603651.html says the mugshot is from 2/28/2006.

    Aww, even Pee-wee mentioned this in his Twitter tweet: http://twitter.com/peeweeherman/status/30440390687461376 … 🙂

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