Documenting Blinky's History

documentationJames Bow has asked if anyone remembers Blinky, the police car used by the Metropolitan Toronto Police to promote child safety. He remembers Blinky, as do I, and when he hit the web to learn what Blinky's up to now he stumbled upon my first Blinky entry and my follow up a year later.

At the conclusion of his entry, James Bow issues a challenge of sorts.

Also, judging from the picture, I’m almost sure that Blinky has undergone a few incarnations since the 1970s, if this picture is any indication, but looking through the Net, there is unfortunately no history page available chronicling this Toronto character. Mike, I’m looking at you. Care to take the challenge?

I agree with James, it's a damn shame there is no definitive history of Blinky on the web. I remember him well, even if I misremembered him driving himself. I sure remember him talking though, and I can even remember his voice which seems to have been silenced. I'm surprised the Metropolitan Toronto Police don't have a page dedicated to Blinky and his history in this city. It's really their bag, and I suspect digging for historical Blinky nuggets would require time I simply don't have right now.

What do you remember about Blinky?

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Comments (15)

Kevin R

I remember when Binky used to come to my school in Mississauga! The eyes used to freak me out when they moved!

July 9, 2008 / 01:06

matt d

From my memories of a Blinky visit to my elementary school in the mid-80s, I could have sworn he used to be yellow, and that the blinking lids of the eyes were bigger. Must be a series of Blinkies; Mk. 1, Mk. 2, etc...

February 12, 2009 / 22:29

Derek Rubinoff

Blinky was a '77 or '78 Plymouth Fury/Dodge Mondaco when he visited us at John Fisher PS somewhere around 1980.

March 5, 2009 / 16:36

Paul Causton

Blinky (first version)was yellow and a dodge plymmouth
was taken out to pasture and donated to the toront shrine
club, and was replaced by the new white ford.

March 13, 2009 / 21:47

Azure

It's BLINKY!!!! They have some stupid VW Bug now. Wtf is that?

June 12, 2009 / 01:02

Babs Bunny

I remember Elmer the Elephant, but I never got a Blinky visit.

I remember him when he was yellow though! :)

You know, with Pixar's Cars as popular as it is, I'm surprised that no one's gotten permission to give Blinky a Pixar look! :)

November 6, 2010 / 11:36

g-man

Sure do remember it..First version was in yellow paint infact my father was one of the officers who manned the car and was the voice at times

December 27, 2010 / 23:28

JokerDude

Grew up in Etobicoke, born in '75. I sure remember a yellow blinky but it was much smaller then whitey here. Ahhh the good old days. Word®™

March 31, 2012 / 21:49

Brian

I remember Blinky being kind of intimately connected in my mind with Elmer The Safety Elephant. I know we had an Elmer flag outside my school by I'm guessing 1973 or 1974. That'd be early primary school. I seem to know I've seen Blinky in person though I wonder if that was at school or maybe somewhere else. The Royal Winter Fair maybe?

December 2, 2012 / 02:42

Beverly Wood

Roy Wilson worked as a police officer in Toronto from 1948 to 1975 and he was the creator of Blinky the Safty Car and he sadly passed away this weekend (Sunday Jan 20th 2013)of a heart attack, at the age of 85. He live a very full and amazing life. The Wasaga Sun has written a story of his life worth reading.

January 23, 2013 / 08:43

Rose Munroe

Blinky was actually created in sometime in 1969. I can remember when I first time saw Blinky, he was located at Yorkdale Shopping Center in the late 1960's. I can remember talking to Blinky and he would talk back to me, winked and sang a cute little poem on pedestrian safety. I miss his cute little charm....he is unique.

March 14, 2013 / 18:24

Sara

I remember Blinkie visiting my school, and just today I had the pleasure of taking my children to meet him at the 42 Division Picnic. He didn't talk but my daughter and son were still enchanted with him.

June 8, 2013 / 22:09

Sidecar Bob

I seem remember Blinky sitting in the foyer of Midland Ave. C.I. in Scarborough for a day some time in the late '60s/early '70s but that was so long ago that it may have been parked outside the front door. But I think it was inside. He was well known by that time. I had the impression that the eyes & nose part (made of papier mache or at least something with a similar lumpy surface) was removable and could be dropped on the hood of any yellow metro cruiser.

August 8, 2013 / 10:10

Anonymous

Blinky was driven and operated by a police officer Ray Caustin

October 19, 2013 / 20:28

Darlene Watters

As Beverley Wood said, Blinky was created by a police officer Roy Wilson in the 1960's. Roy died January 2013 but he lived in Wasaga Beach and served as the Town Crier for many local events.

An article about Roy's life during and after his police career:
http://berndeau.startlogic.com/roywilson.htm

There is an article about the car here: http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/11/that_time_the_toronto_police_had_a_talking_police_car/

June 14, 2014 / 16:33

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