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Alfred Butts
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Inventor
    (April 13, 1899-April 4, 1993)
    Born in Poughkeepsie, New York
    Architect
    Created Scrabble (1938)
    Scrabble marketed by Selchow and Righter
    Rights to Scrabble eventually acquired by Hasbro
    Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley both rejected Scrabble.
    When he created a second word game, he sold it under the less-than-inspired name 'Alfred's Other Game.'
    Although Scrabble is often said to improve one's vocabulary, the odds of you using words like xu, qadi or zek anywhere other than a Scrabble board are pretty slim.
    He was an indifferent speller and admitted his wife was much better than him at Scrabble.
    Scrabble is second only to Monopoly among best-selling board games.
    He received a mere two and a half cents for each game sold and no compensation for any other Scrabble-related products.
    He said of Scrabble's success, 'I invented the darn game, and what happened is still crazy to me.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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