Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bananagrams Inventor Passed Away

From the New York Times:

Abraham Nathanson, who at the age of 76 invented Banagrams, a fast-moving letters-and-words game that became a runaway hit, died on Sunday at his summer house in Narragansett, R.I. He was 80 and lived in Cranston.

The cause was cancer, his daughter Rena said. 

Mr. Nathanson hit on the idea for Bananagrams while playing Scrabble with his grandson and chafing at the slow pace of the game. “We need an anagrams game so fast, it’ll drive you bananas,” he recalled saying in an interview with The Boston Globe last year. 

Our condolences to the Nathanson family.

Bananagrams is a great family game and a great legacy.  I never knew the background of the game's inventor and find it amazingly cool that he developed this at 76 years of age.

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