People: Mar. 26, 2001

CONFIRMED BACHELOR TURNS 40

Before Dennis Thatcher owned the title of world's most insignificant other, there was KEN, who not only had to play second fiddle to Barbie but also suffered the further indignity of having no genitalia. Ken, named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler, celebrated his 40th birthday last week. Mattel marked the occasion by announcing plans to hawk a commemorative tuxedo-clad Ken doll, expected to land in stores in June. Fortieth-anniversary Ken will be sold with a tiny replica of the very first Ken, who wore a red bathing suit with a yellow towel....

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