Remembering Edward Swartz, Who Publicized Dangerous Toys

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For almost 40 years, the release of the "10 Worst Toys" list has been an annual prelude to the holiday season. The list is released by Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or WATCH.

The list was the brainchild of a charismatic Boston attorney, Edward Swartz, who died this weekend at 76. His son and law partner, James Swartz, now carries on the effort. Last year's list included a few big-name toys: a Batman action figure by Hasbro with dangerously sharp, pointy ears, for example.

But most were relatively obscure toys by small companies. Swartz takes that as an indication that the four decades of pressure his father put on the industry worked.

We talk with James Swartz about his father's work and life.

This program aired on September 8, 2010.


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