Ken Carson, also known as the KEN DOLL, was introduced by Mattel on this day in 1961. He was the fictional boyfriend of the BARBIE DOLL, introduced 2 years earlier. Barbie’s boyfriend had a snazzy line of clothing and accessories. Barbie & Ken met on the set of a TV commercial in 1961.
Ken’s father was a doctor, and poor Ken has held at least forty occupations. He just never found himself, I guess. Somehow he’s able to afford the best stuff – the best clothes and cars. Hmm… obviously it’s a fantasy!
So, Ken Carson is 55 years old today. He still has his boyish looks and irresistible charm, so life has been good to him. Maybe he has learned the lesson we all have to learn eventually – stuff is just stuff and you can’t take it with you. He’s decided to take care of his health and say his prayers because he knows that it’s best to trust God with his life.
If Ken is 55, that means that Barbie is now 57. Hmm… I imagine some things have dropped – I’m guessing down around her knees. LOL… well, that’s life.
It was never clear what their relationship was. I think many details were left to the child playing with the dolls – to their imagination. Many of us had Barbie and Ken weddings. My Barb and Ken got married a few times, with cousin Skipper standing up as their witness.
At one point, my Ken doll had more clothes in his closet than Barbie. Fortunately I quickly took care of that problem and bought a ton of clothes and accessories for Barbie from my girlfriend’s mom, who made doll clothes.
Ken & Barbie are an important part of many real life plans we make as little girls. Through them, we think about our futures and what we want to do with our lives. Happy Birthday, Ken – you good-lookin’ 55 year old! 😉