Number One on the list would have to be My Little Red Wagon. The Ultimate Utility Vehicle for a four year old Boy. 1955
This wagon would later become the icon for childhood in my psyche and would show up later in drawings, paintings and stories.
Second place goes to the Slingerland Drum Set I had to have after seeing Ringo sweep the cymbals on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1964
The brand Slingerland, was endorsed by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich which launched my music career with the help that it had nothing do to with what my parents did. Also my parents couldn’t understand why the beetles didn’t cut or comb their hair.
Coming in as the 3rd best Christmas gift, is the very large paperbook I received from my Oldest Sister in 1968 which was the precursor to the world wide web known as the Whole Earth Catalog.
The WHOLE EARTH CATALOG was published regularly from 1968 to 1972, but only intermittently thereafter. During its four years of regular publication, the Catalog earned a reputation, a following, and a National Book Award, the only time a catalog has been so honored.
Standing with one foot firmly in the rugged individualism and back-to-the-land movements of the Sixties counterculture and the other in the nascent global community made possible by the Internet, the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG offered an integrated, complex, challenging, thought-provoking, and comprehensive worldview.
Founder Stewart Brand, in his 1968 CATALOG article, “We are as gods” said, “At a time when the New Left was calling for grass-roots political (i.e., referred) power, Whole Earth eschewed politics and pushed grassroots direct power—tools and skills. At a time when New Age hippies were deploring the intellectual world of arid abstractions, Whole Earth pushed science, intellectual endeavor, and new technology as well as old. As a result, when the most empowering tool of the century came along—personal computers (resisted by the New Left and despised by the New Age)—Whole Earth was in the thick of the development from the beginning.”(from the Whole Earth Website)