William L. "Bill" Hendricks, 87, the retired Marine Corps...

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April 01, 1992

William L. "Bill" Hendricks, 87, the retired Marine Corps colonel who was inspired by a homemade rag doll to found the Toys for Tots campaign that has brought a measure of Christmas festivity to millions of needy youngsters for 45 years, died Sunday in Burbank, Calif. His civilian career included the production of films, cartoons and TV commercials for Warner Bros. It was a suggestion from his wife in 1947, he recalled in a 1982 interview with the Los Angeles Times, that produced what now is a nationwide outpouring of toys.

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