Â It was 1965, and it was called "The Big Bruiser". ItÂ was made by Marx toys; a large battery operated tow truck which drove itself and had a working boom on the back. It even had a flashing light on top, and a "damaged" pickup truck that you could hook onto, tow away,Â and fix yourself with replacement parts, that also came with it! I'm telling you this thing wasÂ COOL! Â I was only 7 or 8 at the time and I wanted it so bad. Santa surely would bring it to me if I asked him to.Â
Â What I didn't realize then was that "Santa" was Mom and Dad..and they had 6 other kids to shop for also. (or maybe at that time it was only 5..I'd have to do the math..) Well, we were far from being rich..although I never knew it. There was always food on the table, shoes on our feet and clothes on our backs...even if sometimes they were hand-me-downs from bigger brothers & sisters.Â Both my parents worked hard to provide for us, and there was always presents at Christmas time. But a paycheck...only stretches...so far.
Â Well, I wrote my letter to Santa and asked him to please leave a Big Bruiser under the tree for me that Xmas. That out of the way all I had to do was sit back, wait and dream about how I was going to put that wrecker to use. So you can imagine my disappointment when Christmas morning came..and I had presents under the tree to be sure. But, no Bruiser..big, small or otherwise.
Â I'm sure I sat in a funk for awhile..maybe even all of 5 or 10 minutes, before the Xmas spirit got hold of me again. There was always so much going on at our house around Christmas. Candlelight service on Xmas Eve, all my siblingsÂ Â and Mom & Dad opening presents. Enjoying our socks that had been hung upÂ which Santa had filled full of fruit, nuts and candy. A big dinner later that day either at our house or a relatives.Â It was such a fun time I probably didn't even think about that truck anymore that day.
Â I don't recall what I got inÂ the BruisersÂ place that year, but I'll bet I enjoyed it whatever it was! Â And I hadn't thought about this for years until I came across the Big Bruiser on the Internet the other day. It was for sale on E-bay. "Wow!", I thought, here's my opportunityÂ at last to own a Big Bruiser! Lets see...starting bid..$150?? Oh well..a paycheck...only stretches....so farÂ Â C):-)
To see a vintage ad for Big Bruiser & see it in action go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXOISUE7uxY
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