formerly named: Reuben Forest, Michael McNab, Simon McNab,
~"A famous philosopher, Popeye, once said, 'I am what I am, & that's all
that I am'" - Simon to Alex - El Dorado ~
ultimate toy maker known as The Wizard.
Inventor. Philanthropist. Musician. All around genius.
Cockeyed optimist. Broad minded. Positive thinker. Infinitely
imaginative. Simon patented his first invention at the age of 7 & his
name would end up on
more US patents than any other inventor in the world. He spent several years as a cabin
boy on the high seas living a grown up life when most other children his age were just being
people are denied a childhood for various reasons. Some of those people
choose to destroy the innocence of others in revenge. Simon's answer was to
not only create the childhood he was denied, but also use his genius &
imagination to help children
everywhere enjoy theirs
even more. To preserve & protect innocence rather than destroy it.
Once it was known that he had achondroplastic dwarfism, Simon's parents decided, if
he couldn't grow up physically, they would make sure he would grow up mentally -
They packed him off for a life at sea where he was fortunate enough to befriend
Tillie Russell. Tillie became like a surrogate mother to Simon &
helped him through his life as a cabin boy & the always difficult task of growing up.
It was Tillie who first influenced Simon to notice the wonders of the world around him
& the importance of never letting those wonders pass him by. With no
other children to play with, Simon kept himself immersed in books.
Learning from books is great, but Tillie taught Simon to learn from the world
around him, as well. To savor each ingredient in the stew that is life, the universe &
Not much is known about Simon's formal education. He did attend school
& eventually earned a doctorate. His favorite class was an archeology course he took at the age of
13. The course was taught by his hero, Professor
Jeremiah "Jake" Saunders.
The carpet duffel bag, which would become so closely identified with Simon McKay, was
Simon's way of paying homage to the professor, who was never without his leather
Simon eventually went to work for the United States Pentagon in technological
weapons development until
1978 when a single incident changed - & nearly ended - his life. It
was while working on a new satellite that Simon discovered another scientist by
the name of Troyan had been paid to sabotage the project. When Simon
thwarted those plans, Troyan set a trap to kill Simon, but ended up caught in
his own trap only to suffer the radiation poisoning that Simon narrowly
escaped. Simon decided that it was time to rethink his whole life &
did what he did best - the seemingly impossible.
Pentagon has five sides & I suddenly found myself opposite most of
them." - Simon to Alex - El Dorado~
For the next 6 years, every major government on the planet sent their best
intelligence agents out into the field to track down Simon McKay. None
succeeded. Imagination trumps intelligence every time. As Simon
would later tell Alex Jagger, "I'm good at hide &
seek." That was about all Simon would say about his disappearing act
after he just as mysteriously resurfaced in 1984.
did eventually admit to Tillie & Alex Jagger that he spent a year & a half in Tibet.
It was in a monastery, high in the Himalayan mountains, that Simon befriended
one of the other greatest influences in his life, Anthea. It was Anthea, a
mystic healer whose age & origins remain a mystery, who helped Simon to look
inside himself & find his way to the path of toy maker.
After reappearing from thin air, Simon settled down in a beautiful house in California, USA to begin life as a
toy maker. The ultimate toy maker who would become known as The Wizard.
The Wizard of Elm Street.
Eric, I thought there were enough serious geniuses in the world. 'Bout
time we had a funny one, isn't it?" - Simon - Trouble in the Stars~
U.S. government, however, wasn't very settled at all. Besides the
unnerving fact that this man seemed to vanish from the face of the earth &
then reappear without so much as a by your leave, they knew that other governments - especially the USSR - wanted to take control of Simon's
genius. There were evil-doers everywhere who wanted to use Simon's powers
for their own twisted purposes. The government wanted to not only protect
the secrets Simon already knew from his previous work, but also the work that he
would occasionally agree to do for them after his reappearing act. Even
though Simon refused to have anything more to do with weapons development, the
technology he did test & develop for them was just as important. To that
end, CIC agents were assigned with the sole purpose of keeping Simon out of enemy
hands. It began as an uneasy alliance that would end up forming a deep
& lasting friendship between Simon & CIC agent Alex Jagger.
did have one particular weakness - CANDY. Cookies were also a major part of this food group. He attributed this late in life, insatiable
sweet-tooth to his missed childhood. Simon even created a safe in his
private workshop to hold a secret stash of his "inspiration". He
did try to limit the amount of candy & cookies he consumed, but Simon was
people have a sweet tooth. I seem to have a mouth full of them." -
Simon to Bryan - El Dorado~
Even though his toys were state of the art, Simon made certain that it took the
users imagination & creativity to make those toys work. Everything
from the Helicopters with hand's free remote controls to the Stringless Yo-Yo to an assortment of voice
recognition Tranimals such as owls, bears & even guide dogs needed user
interaction to reach their full potential.
~ Alex: "How do you think up these things?" Simon:"It's a gift." - Twist of Fate ~
When any of Simon's toys & inventions, such as Jumpy, were ready to be put
on the market, they were sold by Bream Toys.
Simon drove 2 vehicles, a Citroen & a Ford Bronco. The blue/gray
Citroen, a popular car in Europe, is only seen in El Dorado. The red
Bronco seemed to be the vehicle of choice & was outfitted with all kinds of
gadgets & inventions. Customized car alarm, oversized suction cup
concealed in the front bumper, safety hook & chain concealed under the rear
bumper, customized seat controls, customized sound system, etc.
The clothes of Simon McKay were as individual as the man himself. He
favored jeans & sneakers, usually Converse All-Star hi-tops, suspenders
& hats. He had many pairs of sneakers in different colors, a lot of
the time choosing to just go with black, but even those got the McKay treatment
every once in a while. For special occasions he would paint a glittering
rainbow on those black hi-top All Stars.