Number of trips to Japan to date: Easily 100
Strangest on-the-road food experience: Agreed to try lobster sushi once. The whole lobster, sliced in half, was still moving when it arrived at the table.
Amount raised so far for the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation: More than US$1 million
Collects: Restored vintage cars, including a Rolls convertible and a ’55 T-Bird.
Most important endorsement: In Mexico, they asked the Pope if Pokémon was OK. He wrote back and said it was fine.
Craziest Toy Fair gimmick: ‘For the Cabbage Patch Kids launch, we set up the hospital and birthed a doll every hour out of a cabbage.’
Favorite toy as a child: ‘Military toys. And I also remember loving the Pom Pom gun from Remco.’
Favorite TV show: The Apprentice
Number of newspapers Al reads everyday: Five
Favorite movies: El Syd, The Wizard of Oz, Batman (the first one) and action flicks like Indiana Jones.
Pet portfolio: Two dogs (Tuesday and Cici), a cat (Clark Cat), a guinea pig (April) and a parakeet (Sonny).
Life-long dream: To fight crime as a police chief
Next vacation destination: China
Favorite drink: The Bellini (For the uninitiated, this is a heavenly concoction of peach nectar and champagne.)
Favorite market or industry event on the annual calendar: Licensing Show
Historical figure Al would most like to go back in time and meet: Ben Franklin
What he’d ask him: ‘How did you come up with your ideas?’
Quality you admire most in other people: Honesty and a good work ethic
Piece of advice for those starting off in the licensing business: ‘Always look for new products/things to which licenses can be applied.’