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Alfred Mosher Butts Inventor of Scrabble One of my heroes! In 1948 Alfred Mosher Butts, an unemployed architect, invented the greatest word game in the history of the world: Scrabble Brand Crossword Game. He named it Criss-Cross Words and didn't make much money from it. He sold the rights to a family called the Brunots who renamed the game Scrabble and marketed it from their home. It got plenty of rave reviews in the early 1950s. Demand for Scrabble became so great that the Brunots could not keep pace with the orders. They in turn sold the rights to Scrabble to a manufacturer. Over the years Scrabble's ownership has passed through several companies. Hasbro presently owns the North American trademark name of Scrabble. Each year millions of games are sold and hundreds of tournaments are held under the aegis of the National Scrabble Association. (Yours truly is an expert ranked player who directs an official NSA club in Canada. I can often be spotted officiating major Scrabble events. Look for me at the 2008 U.S. Nationals in Orlando in July!)
Tags: Scrabble  Alfred  Butts 
Added: 17th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hasbros Get In Shape Girl My girls wanted this so bad!
Tags:     Get      In      Shape      Girl      80 
Added: 29th March 2008
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Posted By: Cathy
The Original Mr and Mrs Potato Head Tags: The  Original  Mr  and  Mrs  Potato  Head  Hasbro   
Added: 12th October 2008
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
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.
Tags: Trivial  Pursuit  game 
Added: 29th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Offensive Words Expunged From Scrabble Dictionary In 1993, Judith Grad, a kitchen-table Scrabble enthusiast was horrified to discover that the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary (OSPD) contained racial, religious, and ethnic slurs along with common vulgarities and obscenities. She wrote letters of complaint to Hasbro (the company that owns Scrabble) and Merriam-Webster, the publisher of OSPD. The general response was that although some words were certainly offensive, they were still words that could be found in any collegiate-level dictionary. Moreover, their meanings were irrelevant to the game. Unsatisfied, Grad contacted the Anti-Defamation League of B'Nai Brith, the NAACP, and the Zionist Organization of America. That, combined with a letter-writing campaign organized by the National Council of Jewish Women, brought the 'offensive word issue' some mainstream publicity. Without consulting Merriam-Webster or the National Scrabble Association (NSA), Hasbro chairman Alan Hassenfeld, in a knee-jerk reaction, announced that '50 to 100 words' would be expunged when the next edition of OSPD was published. Predictably, serious tournament Scrabble players went nuts, accusing Hasbro of caving into censorship, political correctness and the 'language police.' A petition bearing the signatures of more than 800 tournament players was presented to Hasbro demanding Hassenfeld's decision be reversed. At the 1994 U.S. National Scrabble Championship in Los Angeles, an angry mob of more than 200 players vociferously declared their opposition to any expurgation and vowed to quit the game or even sue the NSA if any words were removed from the lists because of political correctness. An acceptable compromise was reached: Starting in 1996 a separate Official Word List (OWL)--without definitions--would be made available to tournament players through the NSA, while a sanitized OSPD would be sold to the general public. OSPD would contain no offensive words and a not-too-prominent disclaimer that it was only 'official' for school and recreational play. Since offensiveness is highly subjective, determining the words that were eventually expunged from OSPD was itself controversial. Brace yourself: Among the 303 'naughty' words you'll no longer see in OSPD are FATSO, LIBBERS, REDSKIN, GRINGO, BAZOOMS, COMSYMP, POONTANG, WETBACK, PAPIST, BADASS, REDNECK, BULLDYKE and STIFFIE.
Tags: Scrabble  words  censorship  political  correctness 
Added: 8th March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
GI Joe Nurse Doll One of the most spectacular failures in toy history was the G.I. Joe Nurse figure. In 1967 Hasbro expanded its line of successful G.I. Joe toys. One was the G.I. Nurse Action Girl, a doll so rare that certain models in mint condition still in the box can bring up to $6,000 on todayís collectorsí market. 'The G.I. Joe Nurse is so valuable today because it was released for only one year,' says Sharon Korbeck, editorial director of Toy Shop, a biweekly magazine aimed at toy collectors. 'The figure didnít do very well. Boys werenít interested in a female doll, and girls werenít interested in anything related to G.I. Joe.' Sales also suffered because toy store managers didnít know how to position the doll. Some put her with the G.I. Joe action figures, while others stocked her next to Barbie and her friends. Either way, 50 percent of the prospective market was lost. There are actually two G.I. Joe Nurse figures: one has a dark-colored bag. The other has a white bag. An example of the rarer white-bag doll was highlighted on a season-four episode of Pawn Stars.
Tags: GI  Joe  nurse 
Added: 28th May 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
My Buddy Doll for Boys My Buddy doll line was made by Hasbro in 1985 with the intention of making a doll to appeal to little boys. The doll is widely believed to be the inspiration for Chucky.
Tags: My  Buddy  Doll  for  Boys  Hasbro  1985  Chucky 
Added: 16th December 2012
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Posted By: pfc
Puppy Surprise Tags:   Hasbro  Dog  Toys  Girl  Toys  puppies 
Added: 4th August 2014
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Posted By: Freckles
GI Joe Originals Tags: GI  Joe  Originals  dolls  action  figures  hasbro  military  marine  army  navy  air  force  astronaut 
Added: 15th April 2015
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Posted By: Old Fart
Hasbro Nurse Kit Tags: Hasbro  Nurse  Kit  play  kit  imagination  Pretend  and  Play   
Added: 14th December 2015
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Posted By: Freckles

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