“When we first made this, I didn’t know what the hell ants were,’ said 92-year-old Milton Levine, better known as “Uncle Milton,” who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his original ant farm.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be 50 years,â€? he said. “Never. And here we are.â€?
In an industry where toys are a hit if they last more than a single season, the ant farm’s success rates right up there with the Etch-a-Sketch and the Slinky.
“Anybody you talk to,â€? said Levine, “especially guys your age: ‘Did you have an ant farm? Sure I had an ant farm.’ And now grandparents are buying them for their kids. Fifty years is a long time!â€?