The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

Local News

August 9, 2011

Hot Wheels co-creator, 80, dies in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE — Fred Adickes may not be a household name, but the names of the toys he helped create certainly are.

Adickes, a Huntsville native and graduate of Huntsville High School, is credited with helping to create Hot Wheels toy cars, Weebles, Dapper Dan and Dressy Bessy dolls, and Creepy Crawlers, which later spawned Incredible Edibles play sets.

Adickes, 80, passed away Sunday in Huntsville after a battle with cancer. His cremated remains will be interred in the Adickes family plot in Oakwood Cemetery.

Adickes' brother David, best known in Walker County for the 67-foot statue of Sam Houston he created, said he will miss his brother who was a lifelong inventor, even in illness.

“He was a very creative guy,” David said. “He was designing stuff until the week before he died. His mind was inventing.”

Calling his brother, “a good soul,” David said Fred always wanted his inventions to have meaning. Fred spent his adult life in California, much of it working for Mattel.

“He was an inventor at heart — he truly was,” David said. “His greatest contribution to mankind was the creation of Hot Wheels. He had a passion for educational toys.”

After the creation of Creepy Crawlers, small plastic bugs that children made with small kilns, Fred saw a need for more disposable playthings. After figuring a way to make gummy candy gel, Incredible Edibles was born.

“Kids could eat all the toys. He decided everything should be edible — from tricycles on down. He didn't do that of course,” David said, laughing.

Having a brother who was connected with one of the most popular toys in the country has always been a good conversation starter, David said.

“When I meet a girl in a bar, that's the first thing I tell her,” he joked. “You don't know it, babe, but you're sitting next to the guy whose brother created Hot Wheels.”

Fred, valedictorian of the HHS class of 1948, went on to serve in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for General Motors and Chrysler before becoming a toy designer with Mattel.

He and his wife, Evelyn, moved back home to Huntsville about three years ago.

Cecil Frederick “Fred” Adickes, is survived by his wife, Evelyn McAllister; daughter, Theresa Stojan and husband, David; son, Joe Adickes and wife, Nora; son, Eric Adickes and wife, Nadia; daughter, Sharon Adickes; son, Cecil Adickes III and two brothers, Robert Adickes and David Adickes. He also is survived by several grandchildren.

He was born in Huntsville, Texas, on May 15, 1931, to Cecil and Marie Adickes. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bill Adickes.

Text Only
Local News
  • 4-23-Davison,-Brent.jpg Infant stable, but still critical

    A 2-month-old baby who was found unresponsive at a Huntsville residence last week is in stable but critical condition at a Houston hospital.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Historian: Let’s talk about civil rights in Huntsville

    In 1965, the civil rights movement made its way to the city of Huntsville, beginning with a sit-in at the Cafe Raven, a popular restaurant at the time.
    To celebrate next year’s 50th anniversary of the move toward racial integration, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum will be hosting an oral history event for citizens and senior citizens to get together and share their accounts of the civil rights movement in Huntsville on Thursday night at 7.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23 Hair.jpg ‘Hair’ still growing on young actors, audiences more than 40 years after debut

    War, peace, racism, sexism, mistrust of the government, radical change, social and sexual revolution, freedom of expression, scandal, civil liberties, sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll, turning on, tuning in, dropping out, but never fading away.
    Is this the dawning of a new Age of Aquarius?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-22-Sunshine-Boys.jpg Huntsville Community Theatre presents 'The Sunshine Boys'

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-21-Reunion.jpg PHOTOS: Haynes family gathers for annual Easter reunion

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-21 Cop Story.jpg Sheriff’s officers adopt local woman into their family

    When Walker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspected burglary two years ago at the home of 83-year-old Madelene Patton, they left with much more than they expected.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Camp-Good-News-2012-014.jpg Good News in Navasota: Free summer camp open to kids with parents in prison

    For many young children, seeing a parent behind bars can be a traumatizing experience.
    Unfortunately, the young people often become the victims in cases dealing with imprisoned parents.
    The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has worked hard to give these young folks a place where they feel accepted and can share their experiences with others who are going through the same pain.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Camp Hope comes to Huntsville to help veterans

    “Late at night it’s drizzling rain ... I am hit and feel no pain ... jagged shrapnel on the fly ... chills my blood and makes me cry ... but in my heart I have no fear ... because my Ranger god is near ... I’ll be the best that I can be ... Airborne Ranger Infantry.”
    Rousing, impassioned, inspiring cadences are designed to birth a soldier. However, what elements are in place for the rebirth of a civilian who has had their “blood chilled,” and made to cry?

    April 19, 2014

  • 4-20-Lawsuit.jpg City wins condemnation case, owner appeals to higher court

    Randy Gardner is fighting back after losing a section of his property to the City of Huntsville in initial condemnation proceedings.
    On March 27, a set of special commissioners — three impartial citizen landowners who by law oversee these cases — awarded Gardner close to $13,500 for two sections of land. Neither Gardner or his attorney Bennie Rush attended the hearing, according to court documents.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-19-Sheriff-Award.jpg Sheriff says thanks to good Samaritan

    A Good Samaritan is uncommon today. Claude Williams, however, exemplifies this rare virtue that is so often admired, yet seldom acted upon.
    On the morning of April 5, Williams, a 75-year-old retired peace officer, saw a deputy from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office struggling with a resisting suspect at the intersection of FM 2821 and FM 247 in Huntsville.
    Without hesitation, Williams sprung into action.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo


House Ads
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide