John Baulch: When I was a child, I wanted to be a footballer or a pop star
I dreamed of becoming a footballer or a pop star. But when my coach at Watford (the professional football club where I was training) told me that if my left foot was as good as my right foot, they would sign me. Unfortunately, my left foot is one good for one thing - standing on!
I went for an interview with a publisher and got the job because the person interviewing me played in a band, as I did. We talked for ages about music and he offered me a job there. One of the magazines they published was a toy magazine – the rest is history. What inspires me now? The toy trade never stands still. So every day there are new developments, new ideas, exciting new products and new directions for the toy market. Writing about toys and observing the way the toy market evolves is a pleasure – and the toy community is full of the nicest, friendliest, most creative bunch of people I have ever worked with.