You can thank NASA scientist Lonnie Johnson for designing the Super Soaker. Check out Mel Magazines history of one of the most popular toys of all time!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of when the Super Soaker story truly began to take shape. Though it was conceived in 1982 and wouldn’t hit the market until 1990, it was in February 1989 when NASA engineer Lonnie Johnson first met with the toy company Larami to pitch his idea for a revolutionary new water gun.
Chris Bensch, vice president of collections at the Strong Museum of Play, home of the National Toy Hall of Fame: “I have to say, Lonnie Johnson is probably the most seriously overqualified toy inventor I can think of. Most toy inventors have a bright idea; they have that “eureka” moment or they come up with something that they think is marketable or fun. But Lonnie certainly had more credentials than most.”
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