Thursday, January 08, 2009

Barbie Creator Was A Sex Addict, Ken Was Gay

Jack Ryan, the man who made Barbie a household name in the 70's, was a full blown sex addict for a penchant for tall blonds in heels. Surprised? Meh.

From Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel:

Ryan's friend, Stephen Gnass, confides to the author: "When Jack talked about creating Barbie . . . it was like listening to somebody talk about a sexual episode, almost like listening to a sexual pervert . . ." Ryan took calls at Mattel from a madam and patronized "high-class call girls to streetwalkers," including a "very thin and child-like" hooker. The book claims that Ryan "somehow rationalized that he was the only man in her life" until he was diagnosed with gonorrhea.

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