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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.
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Added: 29th July 2010
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Posted by: Lava1964 on 2010-07-29 
In the summer of 1982, some family friends who knew one of the inventors of Trivial Pursuit (I don't know which one) told us about this game that was about to be released. They had played it and thought it had great potential to be very popular. I was told about the $1,000 investment opportunity but, alas, I declined. (I was 18 at the time and $1,000 was a staggerng amount of money to me.)

Later that summer my family and I visited the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. There was a small booth where Trivial Pursuit was being sold. Hardly anyone was interested. I think the price per game was $29.95. Because we had heard good things about it, we eagerly bought a game set and lugged it around the exhibition grounds the rest of the day.

I still have that original set and all the pieces. It's been well used.
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