Picking kids' meal toys was his job, really

Picking kids' meal toys was his job, really

Playing around with toys was good business for Henry Bird, 93, who helped create millions of the novelties in kids' meals at fast food restaurants in the 1970s through the mid-1990s. Those little toys have a strong connection to the Chicago area. Bird recently discovered an assortment of the colorful toys in a long-forgotten box in his apartment at Oak Trace, a senior living community in Downers Grove. They include a yoyo, kazoo, cars, a bike license, whistle, iron-on patches and various different games with balls. The plastic toys were created for such restaurant chains as Burger King, Wendy's International, and Long John Silvers. "They were in a box I didn't even...