Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Queasy Bake Oven

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The Easy-Bake Oven was the invention of Ronald Howes Sr, who died 20 February at age 83. I never got one, although I sure would have loved one to experiment with … According to his obituary, Howes sounds like a very fun person to be around.

“He always had the coolest stuff on earth that I could mess around with,” such as phosphorescent powder he was testing for various glow-in-the-dark applications, his son said.

But Mr. Howes always realized that the Easy-Bake Oven was, in his son’s words, “the big one” in his career. About 20 million Easy-Bake Ovens have been sold since they went on the market in 1963.

Over the years, Mr. Howes’ constant tinkering with possible new products was never confined to office hours. “We no longer have a garage in our house – it’s a physics lab,” his wife said. “You can hardly walk around in it.”

Below the fold is a spoof for the Queasy Bake oven — especially made for budding scientists (such as myself), and for boys.


  1. #1 Ted Rex
    February 22, 2010

    Great post, especially since we just got one of those things for my daughter. I made this one of the three links for the day on my Other Thought blog today:

    All the best, Ted

  2. #2 Jackie
    February 23, 2010

    I remember playing with one of those. Mostly I remember eating the batter.

  3. #3 Biblia
    February 23, 2010

    The odd thing about all the feminist keep-girls-in-the kitchen thing attitude towards the Easy-bake is that Ron Howes wasn’t like that, not at all.I got a microscope for Christmas when I was nine years old circa, 1960-I had dolls and little china animals but also plastic dino skeletons. My brother and I had free access to the lab in the basement. No supervision. How times have changed!

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