You may not have heard of André Cassagnes — in fact, I’d only come across his name briefly before without knowing much more about him — but you are surely familiar with his most famous invention: the Etch-a-Sketch. Born September 23, 1926, Cassagnes passed away earlier this month in France. Before I became a GeekDad writer, I attempted to make my name as an Etch-a-Sketch artist, so I have a particular fondness for Cassagnes and his invention. Like many other inventions, the Etch-a-Sketch resulted from an accidental discovery; fortunately for all of us, Cassagnes chose to pursue this happy accident, and the world has been playing with his “magic screen” for over 50 years.
Rest in peace, André.