Announcer: You are listening to 1010, WKEV FM. Up next, Where are They Now? with host, Corby Tender.
Corby: Welcome to Where are They Now? I am your host, Corby Tender, and joining me in the studio is Lite Brite.
(Plays jingle.) Light Brite, making thiiiings with liiiight. What a sight, making things with Lite Brite.
Corby: Hello Lite Brite, welcome to the show.
Lite Brite: (Putting out cigarette.) Thanks. (Coughs.) It’s a pleasure to be here.
Corby: Lite Brite, you were a hit in the 1980′s. You were being ripped off the shelves at Christmas, and you were number one on every kid’s birthday wish list. What was that like?
LB: Lemme tell you this — it was a rush. You can’t begin to imagine how that shot to the top took its toll on me. I began to get reckless. My good friend, Etch-a-Sketch, was all like, “Man, you gotta get a grip. You are moving too fast!” I punched him in the screen so hard, he couldn’t erase it. That was the last time we spoke.
Corby: Wow. So what happened next?
LB: After a while, the kids lost interest in me. Instead of making cool clown faces with the paper I provided, they started branching out on their own. They would write (Beginning to cry.) … they would write cuss words… inappropriate designs… (Sobbing.) …I’m sorry.
Corby: It’s okay…let it out.
LB: I just felt so used…
Corby: I’m sure you did.
LB: Anyway, it didn’t take long for me to end up in the back of their closets or…worse…under their beds. It was so dark. So dark.
Corby: I am sorry Lite Brite. I understand things are looking up for you now?
LB: Sort of. (Lighting another cigarette.) I guess it’s better. I have a newer look, but I am still the same ol’ toy deep down.
Corby: And you know what Lite Brite? Deep down inside you is a light bulb. It has been shining for a long time. It will keep on shining in the lives of children everywhere. Do you know why?
LB: (Looking at floor.) Why?
Corby: Because that light that is so bright — is your heart.
LB: (Softly.) Thank you.
Corby: No Lite Brite. (Whispering.) Thank you. We’ll be back after this important announcement.
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