Deep in the archives of This American Life (not that deep, its one of their favorites), we found an episode about why Camp is so alluring to kids and what makes it so special. It is also from the late 90s, so maybe one of you were interviewed for this.
Anyway, you can find the link here
I would also suggest checking out the rest of This American Life. Ira Glass (the host) is brilliant. He has some great words on creativity that you can view here that are very relevant to young designers.