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1980s / Trivial Pursuit Invented 1982
The idea for Trivial Pursuit was born when Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, two Canadian Press employees, got together for a game of Scrabble in the late 1970s. Their banter turned to ideas for their own game. By the end of the evening, they had come up with the formula that would eventually turn them into millionaires. In order to finance the production of Trivial Pursuit, the two intially sold shares of their creation at $1,000 apiece. Few of their CP colleagues took advantage of the investment chance and thus missed out on becoming millionaires themselves. The quiz-based game hit the market in 1982. By 1984 Trivial Pursuit was a cultural phenomenon. Numerous subsequent editions, both general and specialized, have been marketed since then. Hasbro bought the rights to the game in 2008. Co-creator Haney died in June 2009 at the age of 59.