is mildonium available on line in canada meldronate ketoconazole side mildonium cycling shoes meldronate ampules of lorenzini mildronate tablets with keyboards meldronate quitclaim mildronate generic canada can order mildronate online buy meldonium in india online meldonium cyclingfans meldonium generic canada mildronate drug information mildonium name meldronate tinnitus pronunciation mildonium for purchase without a prescription mildronate lethal dose 50 mildronate lorazepam high mildonium kaip vartoti chia buy meldronate canada meldonium with paypal payment mildronate pills buy online meldonium longevity calculator safe place order meldonium mildonium what is it stay in your system over counter mildonium meldonium doping semiconductor mildronate benefits taking meldonium side effects list where can i get some meldronate meldonium buy stocks mildonium vaistai xanax meldonium zayn mildonium buy here pay mildronate benefits of generic meldronate for sale on line meldonium ketoconazole side meldonium ketoconazole cream meldronate grindex latvia meldonium medicine dictionary kas ir meldronate capsules meldonium casio mildronate uk brand name meldronate cycling weekly meldonium legal us mildonium buy order generic meldronate meldonium klonopin withdrawal meldonium zales meldronate medicamentos order mildonium online no prescription with a echeck mildronate pdf kas yra meldonium capsules meldronate klonopin withdrawal mildronate lotion for stretch mildronate nootropic definition meldonium drug in uk pharmacy mildronate pdf converter mildronate wada farms meldronate dosage of aspirin meldronate order by phone canadian drug sales meldonium ltd commodities generic mildronate usa mildronate without prescription medication meldonium vaistai nuo meldronate lotioncrafter mildronate hplc method mildonium experienced mildronate nootropic drugs meldonium what is it quickly does canadian drug without a prescription buy mildronate tablets uk where can i order meldonium meldonium fda approved to buy without prescription cheap meldronate gel meldronate quit claim where to buy online drugs in the uk mildronate youtube videos meldronate kainai canada pharmacy no prescription purchase meldronate on internet forums meldronate what is it treat buy mildonium pills in the canada mildronate joint mildonium grindeks kikinda meldonium vaistas lorafenas mildonium russia meldonium benefits side effects mildronate hplc pump mildonium noprescrition needed uk online pharmacy meldonium what is it olainfarm 250 mg cena mildronate lotion applicator cheap generic mildronate meldronate zantac free safe mildonium no prescription mildronate italiano mildronate benefits health mildronate reviews side effects mildonium use mildonium benefits disadvantages meldronate numbness meldonium roche precio argentina buy meldronate online with no prescription where to buy meldronate online india meldronate kaip vartoti protein meldronate endurance international group no script meldronate mg meldonium experience hendrix mildronate longevity resources meldronate ukc meldronate juice cleanse meldonium kickstarter meldonium liver enzymes mildronate stimulant trademark meldonium buy buy canadian medications without prescription what is mildonium buy mildronate legally online mildronate medicine cabinets billig mildonium online kaufen mildonium mexico companies only meldonium qtc where to buy mildonium one can give meldonium children ordering meldronate usa mildronate what is it patent discount meldonium of canada mildronate injekcinis tirpalas apsinuodijus meldonium in croatia meldronate lorazepam high mildronate carnitine orotate meldronate wikipedia best place to buy meldonium in australia buy meldronate uk meldronate over the counter drugs o mildonium dihydrate testosterone where to buy mildonium online mexico meldonium numbness purchase meldonium on line in india generic mildronate cost meldronate over counter uk buy mildronate in usa meldonium 500mg ibuprofen meldronate youtube music meldronate you meldonium tablets online best place to buy meldonium in canada cheap genuine mildonium online purchase mildronate on line in the uk meldronate athletes in action meldronate patent meldronate fda food meldronate indications meldronate 500mg meldonium pdf files mildronate what is it take to work order meldronate online no prescription with a echeck meldronate capsules for sale buying mildronate from canada no prescription meldonium qtc medical group mildonium 500mg vitamin meldonium cycling clothing meldronate tablets on sale where do i meldronate in usa meldonium neoplasm meldonium cycling weekly mildonium xanax bars meldronate liver cancer meldronate birth control online india meldronate xanax side meldonium zithromax side meldronate neopets meldonium generic india discount drugs of canada meldonium msds database mildonium nootropic supplements how buy meldonium it is allowed to order mildronate online mildronate with paypal payment buy mildronate in india online meldronate prix en pharmacie en france meldronate ltd order meldonium online no prescription with a echeck meldonium benefits of apple safe place order mildronate mildonium mg india meldronate wikipedia español where to buy online drugs in the india mildronate over the counter canada meldronate what is it look like meldronate canadian online meldonium doping test mildronate qtc management meldronate what is it while pregnant uk buy meldonium without prescription generic meldronate buy canada meldronate tablets comparison buy meldonium tablets where to buy mildonium drugs online meldonium athletes edge mildonium with no subscription meldronate vaistas movalis mildonium generic mexico mildronate over the counter australia very cheap mildronate experience with buying meldonium online ordering mildronate mildonium review mildronate tablets on sale meldronate olainfarm latvia meldronate vaistas cavinton mildonium casablanca meldonium dihydrate gypsum mildronate results forum mildronate what is it how fast does meldronate buy direct mildronate ltv mildronate need to be refrigerated meldronate generic usa mildonium drug schedule meldronate forum meldonium use mildronate tinnitus causes meldronate liver disease meldonium ru buy mildronate online with no prescription canada and meldronate mildonium to buy mildonium to buy in the usa without a prescription mildonium over the counter uk meldonium tablets uses top 10 online meldonium sites mildronate i vena it is allowed to buy mildonium online mildronate injection mold how to use mildronate mildronate carnitine and weight meldronate medicine online mildronate legal status mildonium generico italiano mildonium birth control online uk mildonium youtube converter buy mildronate no prescription best site get meldonium meldonium cancer ribbon kas yra meldronate uses mildronate carnitine benefits meldonium ltv safe to buy generic meldonium from canada prescription drugs without prescriptions meldonium online in uk meldonium pills online in the uk mildonium for sale philippines mildonium side effects uk meldonium quitman mildonium liver pain meldronate cycling gear meldronate alcohol withdrawal best place to buy mildonium in uk mildonium cancer symptoms meldonium gx7 meldronate lvn mildronate no script compare prices mildronate meldronate zithromax z-pak meldronate lvad generic uk paypal meldronate mildonium ketoconazole mildronate coupon code meldonium dosage of pepto mildonium alcoholic drinks mildonium yahoo horoscopes medications without prescription mildonium without a prescription from canada mildonium canada drug store mildronate longevity vitamins buy online meldonium generic mildronate injection sites meldronate olainfarm logo meldronate run mildronate liverpool canada buy meldronate without prescription meldonium zantac for babies best online pharmacy generic meldronate meldonium canada head office meldronate jetblue meldronate online pharmacy meldonium journals and diaries kas ir mildronate name mildronate kainaat mildonium fda medwatch mildronate medicine ball mildronate cancer fighting mildonium over the counter australia mildronate benefits effects mildronate otc prescription where to get mildronate pct mildonium indications for pacemaker mildronate side effects long term use buy meldonium boots mildronate what is it polsce meldonium grindex dealer kas yra mildronate wikipedia is it illegal to order generic mildronate meldonium drug identification mildonium pdf writer mildronate over the counter drugs purchasing meldonium online mildronate no prescription needed canadian online pharmacy mildronate athletes meldonium mg india meldronate 500mg magnesium buy mildonium in ireland meldronate ketoconazole for dogs meldonium dosage of benadryl canadian mildronate buy mildonium women meldonium zithromax dosage mildonium benefits of turmeric comprar meldonium portugal can i order mildronate online mildonium bodybuilding tips what types of meldronate are there mildronate zantac side cheap mildronate mg mildronate kegunaan komputer mildronate medicamento mildronate rue21 generic mildronate us meldonium juice beauty meldonium dosage index meldronate kegunaan internet mildonium fda approved to buy without prescription meldonium dose buy mildronate online thru paypals meldronate quit what is mildonium name mildonium medicine dictionary meldonium vaistas cavinton meldonium grindeks jsc mildonium joint venture meldronate cheap mexico pharmacy meldronate online canadian suppliers of meldonium in us meldonium qt syndrome and antibiotics meldronate cheap uk pharmacy mildonium amphenol kas yra meldonium vartojimas mildronate je meldronate legal meldonium medicine meldonium experience modification meldonium patent meldonium benefits safe to buy generic mildronate from uk meldronate zales mildonium fast usa meldonium buy uk basketball order meldronate rx meldonium shelf life meldonium what is it metamak order meldronate on line usa you can buy meldonium without prescription best site to buy mildonium meldonium where to get buy meldronate hong kong meldronate lethal dose of acetaminophen meldonium express canada meldonium medicine bow mildronate drug mildonium carnitine orotate meldronate capsules vs tablets generic meldronate usa mildonium women buy mildronate juice press mildronate ltd commodities mildronate neocon meldronate wadali mildronate 250 mg meldonium chemical mechanisms of gene mildronate fdating where to buy mildronate with amex meldronate generic mexico mildonium dihydrate calcium a good web page to buy mildonium with no script purchase mildonium women meldonium kick buttowski mildronate wikipedia encyclopedia meldronate legal us mildonium indications for intubation cheap meldonium free delivery mildronate buy ukrainian is it illegal to order generic meldronate mildonium joint commission o mildronate dihydrate oxalic acid meldonium xanax addiction mildonium what is it before meldronate online no prescription meldronate lts mildronate with no rx mildonium qt syndrome drugs mildonium wada pitiya meldronate zithromax azithromycin meldonium what is it long before buy meldonium legally online buy mildonium online cheap mildonium liver cancer purchase meldronate pharmacy give meldonium for dogs is meldonium available over the counter buy meldonium online without prescription meldronate drug side effects meldronate lawsuit mildonium cancer fighting order mildronate online no prescription with a mastercard meldronate lorazepam dosage mildonium alcohol poisoning fastest meldonium uk delivery mildonium lt buy meldronate online no prescription us mildonium what is it take mildronate benefits of chia safe place order meldronate mildonium pills online in the usa can order mildonium canada meldronate kegunaan pokok meldonium klonopin for anxiety meldronate za mildonium lorazepam withdrawal symptoms mildronate russia mildronate on line in the canada meldronate what is it wiki buy meldronate without a subscription can you buy mildronate meldonium qtcconline mildonium tablets meldronate amphibians mildonium benefits taking mildonium liver failure meldronate cycling shoes mildronate delivery meldonium wadah o mildonium dihydrate monoxide order mildonium without prescription purchase mildonium in canada meldonium juice box meldonium alcohol and breastfeeding how to order meldonium meldonium fast mexico meldonium vaistas lecitinas meldronate hplc analysis mildronate name mildronate uses medication where one can buy meldonium without prescription meldonium uses mildronate purchase mildronate gx7 order meldonium online canada meldonium cancer horoscope mildonium lotion warmer mildonium lotion recipes very cheap meldronate experience with buying mildronate online mildronate buy owner meldonium to buy in the canada without a prescription meldonium drug in germany pharmacy mildronate ruby meldronate over the counter canada mildonium what is it dihydrate meldronate carnitine palmityl meldronate pills online in the usa buy mildronate online amazon mildronate capsules vs tablets buy mildronate singapore buy meldonium australia purchase meldonium safely mildronate kaip vartoti viagra mildronate cheap best site get mildronate mildronate wikipedia français mildronate what is it olainfarm instrukcija meldonium nootropic reviews mildonium tinnitus relief meldronate qt syndrome lqts mildronate drug schedule med cab meldronate mildronate limited india meldonium xanax withdrawal symptoms mildronate endurance warranty meldonium amps mildronate online in us meldonium numbness in right pill rx health order meldonium products meldronate liver meldronate gxt mildronate kickass mildonium gxt buy meldonium without rx meldronate from canada
Home Voices of the Industry In the Spotlight Remembering Jack Friedman
Remembering Jack Friedman
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

I learned last week that Mr. Jack Friedman, the founder of JAKKS Pacific toy company, passed away on May 3, 2010, from complications due to a rare blood disease. He was 70 years old and had spent 50 years of his life in the toy industry. Mr. Friedman is what the old-time films of the 1940s would label a “big-shot mogul,” but a “mogul with a heart of gold.” He was known far and wide for his philanthropic work with children, the military, and charities that needed an infusion of cash and enthusiasm. He was a man who loved life and showed it in a big way.

I met Mr. Friedman once when I was first starting out in the toy industry. Friedman launched JAKKS Pacific in January 1995, and, coincidentally, that is the same year I started working in the doll business. He had already logged more than three decades in the business of play, but he was still fired up about his new company, his new direction, and the new themes and licenses that were there to conquer. We should all be so upbeat after 35 years in the same field!

The most striking thing about my encounter is that he was happy to show off his new wares and to shoot the breeze about the latest wrestler doll and the newest trend from Asia. He had a first-rate sales force, but he still liked to take part in selling, “kibitzing” and clowning around. (If he was handed a yo-yo, he could enthrall and entertain with amazing tricks.)

When I read over his obituaries that listed all his accomplishments as a businessman, family man, philanthropist and entrepreneur, I was struck by the various outlets that covered his passing. He received tributes from hobby publications, industry trade newsletters, Fortune magazine, Forbes, financial Web sites, FOX News and national newspapers. Having been born in Queens, N.Y., but making his home in California, he was written up in length by the New York Daily News, as well as the Los Angeles Times.

During this trying time, I hope his family draws comfort from all the kind words and tributes that are pouring in for this man. As a participant in the toy business, I place his passing into a unique perspective.

Here is a man who devoted his life and his energy, his talent and his money, to a craft that so many people take for granted. He was the driving force behind the first wave of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial toys, WWF action figures, Michael Jackson dolls, and innumerable gaming systems. Though boys and girls pined for these treats, and wrote impassioned letters to Santa asking for them to magically appear in stockings and under trees, we grownups know that Mr. Friedman was quite instrumental in having those Dec. 25 orders met.

For the population at large, Jack Friedman was not a household name—even for many people in the toy world, he was a guy behind the scenes. However, he never tired of tackling new ways to engage children as they played. He would follow the fads, capturing the nuances and that intangible “it,” which divides some toys into bestsellers and others into duds consigned to the bargain-basement bins. Most of his toys were winners: Blue’s Clues, Fancy Nancy, Hannah Montana, Sponge Bob, Star Wars, Skelanimals, Neopets, the Wiggles, to name a handful.

All of us will have to depart this world at some point, and at some time, but what legacy will we leave behind? It’s difficult to strive to the level of a Mother Teresa or a Gandhi. After all, how many of us are destined to become icons of selflessness, peace and tolerance? But it is much more attainable to find a profession that we can believe in, work at your best level in that occupation and greet each day as an opportunity to learn more or to do more.

It should be a comfort to the Friedman family that Jack will continue to live on as long as children love to laugh, to dream, to run frantically and boisterously down toy aisles, and to write letters to Santa. We all should be that lucky: To know that our labors have brought joy during our lifetime and will continue to do so after we’re gone.
I can’t think of a better testament for a toymaker than he made the world play, one toy at a time.     

Photo Captions

Jack Friedman (above) had affection and passion for making the world play!

The movie version of Charlie’s Angels (above) was immortalized by JAKKS Pacific, with uncanny facial sculpting.

A recent hit for JAKKS Pacific was the line of Taylor Swift (above right) figures and accessories. The teen sensation was a natural choice for converting into a fashion doll.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (3)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
...
Nice tribute Stephanie. I was not familiar with Jack Friedman, but I am made aware by your thoughtful portrayal of this generous man, that he did surely add, and will continue to add many smiles on the faces and hearts of children (as well as many adults) everywhere. RIP Jack, and peace to your family.
Darlene , May 17, 2010
...
RIP, Mr. Jack Friedman. My granddaughter has your Camp Rock fashion dolls and never stops playing with them. May God grant your family peace.
Marlene Dunne , May 14, 2010
...
I didn't know Jack Friedman and never heard his name before. I did know his toys. I have them in my house, and my children play with them endlessly. His merchandise was well made, and I hope the company continues on without him. I hope he had a happy life. I know his toys give my children hours of pleasure. Moving piece, Stephanie.
Bette , May 14, 2010

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy