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September 7th, 2000

Yes & Know

Another blast from the past for you: Yes & Know books.

These great little books used special “invisible ink” pens (white with orange caps, always) that you would use to reveal answers or play the game. I had a load of these books and they kept me occupied for hours on end. One of my favorites was Ultra Bowl: “You are the quarterback in the Ultra Bowl. Your team is behind by 3 points with one minute to go. You have the ball on your own 20 yard line and it is your job to score a touchdown.”

Two Ultra Bowl scans are below:

Ultra Bowl cover

Ultra Bowl field

Other Yes & Know books I have particularly fond memories of: Bowling, Puzzlement, and Fleet.

I’m happy to see that the publisher is still around, and is still making them. Unfortunately, their online version isn’t working. -ram

Posted in Childhood Memories

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday September 7, 2000 -- 7:15:35AM

Yep! I saw these things at a rest stop in Florida when I was going back from vacation in February. Naturally, I bought one and rarely used it, but I still have it - with pen - nearby. Of course, I speak of the larger Yes & Know books, not the minis.

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Thursday September 7, 2000 -- 9:23:43AM
Yes, I remember these! I think if you use that orange-capped pen to write on your skin, you can see it under a black-light. Amaze your friends!!!
These little books remind me of Mad Libs....anyone remember those? Maybe this can be the subject of a future Ping....

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday September 7, 2000 -- 9:53:27AM
Found some Mad Libs at Sam's Club just the other day. Some were the same ones from when I was a kid!

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday September 7, 2000 -- 5:46:52PM
Fezz--The blacklight thing works with yellow highlighters as well. I hear some strippers use them but I wouldn't know from personal experience.

FROM: Jean
DATE: Sunday April 20, 2003 -- 3:27:24 pm
I happen to find 2 mini books at a walmart on a shelf by themselves as I was making up easter buckets for my 7 year old twin grandsons and I threw them in, as I always try to find stuff they will enjoy besided candy, they are in love, I just need to know how to order more.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Sunday April 20, 2003 -- 3:51:12 pm
I love these books. Whenever I have to take a long flight, I actually love using these more than I love using my laptop. Just the simple pleasure of these takes my mind of the stress of flying.

Less than 10 dollars, you can get the huge activity books, with samples of
all the games. Gotta love em. :)

FROM: Shara
DATE: Monday August 23, 2004 -- 1:47:34 pm
These books are the greatest! They were my favorite when I was a child and now my son loves them too. Of course, I still get my own whenever I get them for him. And the magic painting ones are cool, too!

FROM: duckigrrl
DATE: Tuesday August 30, 2005 -- 6:47:10 pm
I loved Yes & Know books as a kid! Anytime we were on vacation and stopped at a Stuckey's I looked for them. Games, question and answer ones, I didnt care. I loved them all.

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