Apr 122014

Scrabble DayAlfred M. Butts invented Scrabble in 1938 when he was an unemployed architect. The first boards and tiles were actually drawn by hand. It was also called Lexiko at the time.

Scrabble day is celebrated every year on April 13th! This day was chosen because it was Alfred’s birthday. Alfred Butt’s, also known as the Father of Scrabble, passed away in 1993 at the age of 93.

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Apr 102014

Eight Tack Tape DayApril 11 is Eight Track Tape Day. Wow, we even have a day celebrating the eight track tape! I remember the eight track tape, which kind of dates me. But what I remember about it was that it was about the coolest thing that had come out in a long time. Eventually, these tapes were replaced by cassette tapes.

The eight track tape was created by William Lear. However, it should be noted that during the early 1960′s there were a number of continuous-loop audio tape systems. The system that was developed for this tape was similar to the four track system. One of the refinements that was made was to use a pinch roller as part of the tape rather than the player.

Another difference was that Lear divided the the into eight channels which extended the playing time of the tape. The eight track tape was popular from about 1965 into the late 1970′s. I think it is important to remember that this technology paved the way to the development of many portable music systems.

 Posted by on 04/10/2014
Apr 022014

Tweed DayMany think that Tweed Day celebrates the wonderful tweed fabric attributed to Scotland. But I believe it recognizes William Marcy Tweed (Boss Tweed) who was the poster boy for political corruption in the 19th century.

During the mid to late 1800s, Boss Tweed and his associates plundered millions of dollars of public money. This made him the most powerful and corrupt politician of his time.

 Posted by on 04/02/2014