By Attorney Mitch Adel
Have you ever heard of the game “Words with Friends”? If not, it is the Scrabble-like app occupying everyone's smartphone these days, both young and old. In fact, this past week our host was spotted playing the game underneath the table, during Thanksgiving dinner! The next night while we were waiting for the new James Bond movie “007 Skyfall” to begin, the entire row in front of us was playing. Then oddly today on the plane, I was reading a magazine explaining the origin of the game of Scrabble. It seems today's word game has Alfred Mosher Butts to thank! In 1938 Mr. Butts invented the board game in Poughkeepsie, NY, but it wasn't until the early 1950s that it became popular when the president of Macy's, James Straus, discovered the game on vacation and ordered some for his store. Within a year, it was the newest fad to the point that Scrabble had to start rationing the game to stores around the country.
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