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A 'Toy Story' Of Our Own, Or: NPR People And The Company We Can't Help Keeping

You'll have heard by now that Toy Story 3 is a pretty sweet addendum to the saga of Woody, Buzz, Mr. Potato Head and the gang. With 17-yr-old Andy going away to college and giving up his toys, the latest installment seemed to resonate — lotsa sniffles. And on the way out of the theater, it seemed like it wasn't just kids who'd been caught up in the moment. Plenty of grownups — everyone from brawny 20-something jocks to aging boomers — emerged bleary-eyed. And I think I know why.

Old Friends Are The Best Friends: NPR's Bob Mondello, with Mr. Teds. Yanina Manolova/NPR hide caption

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In the movie, Andy initially decides to hang on to one toy. When I got home, my partner reminded me that I'd done that too: Sitting on the shelf in my office is Mr. Teds, the teddy bear that accompanied me to the hospital when I got my tonsils out.

I was 5 at the time, and my recollection is that Mom let Mr. Teds come because he was having his tonsils out too. I remember we shared ice cream afterward. How could I give him up after we'd gone through that together?

When I mentioned this at work, it turned out a lot of other NPR folks had kept a buddy from childhood, too. And since Mr. Teds hadn't been able to pal around with any other toys in a lonnnnnng time, I suggested that they bring a few of them in for playtime.

Here we all are. (Update: Now with audio!)

Click to launch: See and hear NPR people introduce some of their oldest friends. NPR hide caption

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Now for yours: If there's a childhood toy who's still in your life, upload a photo of the two of you to Flickr. (We've created a group for you right here; your contributions will show up in the player below.) And don't forget to tell us about your old friend in the caption field.