A long, long time ago in a land far, far away there were children who weren’t distracted by television and computers. They actually went outside and used their imaginations. Remember that? Besides making up games (OHMYGOD!) there were Raggedy Ann Dolls, Lincoln Logs, Yo-Yos and of course…marbles. Back then you could get 50 marbles for a dime. Now a dime doesn’t even cover the sales tax for a toy purchase. Because kids of today won’t even play with digital marbles, they have become popular collector’s items, demanding a rather high price tag. Some of the rarer ones sell for thousands of dollars each, while the average ones cost anywhere from $75 to $100. At Lee’s Legendary Marbles & Collectables in Nebraska visitors will find hand-made marbles in all sizes and colors with interesting names like Peppermint Swirl, Clam Broth and Indian Skin (regarding that last one…the past wasn’t always so great). Most date from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Even though Mr. Lee’s favorite is the rare Lutz marble with gold-colored powder inside, perhaps the most unusual ones are the pre-World War I ones containing uranium. Don’t tell Dick Cheney about that last one…we don’t want him to lose his marbles and start a war with Nebraska.