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The most popular doll on the planet, Barbie, is still going strong after 65 years! Barbie has proven she still creates social buzz with the “pink summer” surrounding the 2023 release of her first live-action movie. Along the way she has significantly impacted social values in pop culture by modelling female independence, has been the subject of social controversy, run for U.S. President six times, literally travelled into space twice – AND has done it all looking great, in the latest fashions. Not bad, given that everyone except her creator was sure she would be a failure from the start. Mattel reports that there is a Barbie sold somewhere in the world every second. Millions of girls own and play with Barbies, and she has hundreds of thousands of collectors around the world. Perhaps you played with Barbie or are a collector yourself. Plan to share your thoughts about Barbie during our time together; join Mary and other class members in going down memory lane with this toy icon. Mary Bondarenko is a retired management trainer from a fortune 500 company. She has been active in Elderwise for seven years, and is looking forward to being back in teaching mode for the first time since retiring.