A history lesson

Jack Eixhenbaum

Jack at the Word Cup talent show

The Word Cup Talent Show included a variety of acts, including a Scrabble® history lesson from Jack Eichenbaum.  He subsequently sent this note:

If anyone is coming to NYC, I am happy to suggest tourism beyond the obvious and how to pay homage to the birthplace of Scrabble®, easily reached in 20-30 minutes by subway from midtown Manhattan. (There is lots of other stuff to see and eat in the same neighborhood.) 
They can also follow this link to an article/photo about the Scrabble® street sign
Dr. Jack Eichenbaum
Queens Borough Historian

Word Cup V – one big happy family

Carl Johnson, Mike Johnson, Bobbi Hendrickson

Carl Johnson, Mike Johnson, Bobbi Hendrickson

September 9 saw the conclusion of another successful Word Cup.  The players were terrific:  pleasant and easy-going, ready to enjoy the tournament and absorb the local culture.  Local player Carl Johnson took home the first place trophy in Division 1, Iowan Mike Johnson won Division 2, and Minnesotan Bobbi Hendrickson won division 3.  Other money winners are listed at http://wordgameplayers.org/ratings/index.php?c=pu&a=tr&tournamentID=318&ratingType=Standard, but we were all winners, enjoying good times with good company.  Here are a few photos.

Trivia Contest finalists with Peggy Grant and Gary Smart

Trivia contest finalists Helen Flores, Lisa Odom, James Johnson (obscured), Tom Titus. Buzzer controller Peggy Grant is on the left, scorekeeper Gary Smart on the right. Tom Titus won.


Clocks by Helen Flores – silent auction items

Trivia Contest 2

Bennett Jacobstein hosted the trivia contest

Talent Show - Jeff Clark and GRITS girls

Talent show entrants – GRITS girls

Talent Show - Gretchen

Talent show MC Gretchen Cowan

Players 1


Melissa Brown won the afghan

Melissa Brown won the afghan

Silent Auction 1

Silent auction and raffle items

Board by Keith Valentine - Brazilian tiger wood - raffle item

Board by Keith Valentine – Brazilian tiger wood – raffle item

Early Birds get the prizes

Early Birds

Early Birds

Word Cup V kicked off today with a coast excursion and an Early Bird tournament.  23 people rode saw the sights on a day that was about perfect for such an excursion.  28 players stayed behind and played eight games.  I stayed behind, so here are some pictures from the tournament.

Word Judge 2 tells us if our plays are acceptable

Word Judge 2 tells us if our plays are acceptable


A good day in Mill Valley

From Director Rick Wong:

Irene Averell

Irene Averell won her first five games, including a victory over top-seeded Cesar Del Solar, and nearly pulled off a huge tournament win, but succumbed to Bruce Ward in the final game and finished in Second Place, with more than double her expected wins total.

Complete results will be posted soon.

Decorah Dazzles

From Mike Johnson:

We had a total of 14 people over to our home to compete in a series of three one-day events. On Friday, 10 players played in a single division that included some nice upsets (Trish Coriden over MIke Johnson AND Carl Voss; Mary Krizan over Jason Vaysburg; and Carol Dustin over Lynda Finn) and some fun words. I still remember Lynda Finn’s incredible reaction when Jason extended YARDS to BEEYARDS for 42 points. Pictured below are Friday‘s winners including Jason Vaysburg (1st), Carl Voss (2nd), Trish Coriden/Mary Krizan (Tied for Best Over Seed) and Carol Dustin (center) for remaining Best Upset by Seed.


Outdoors in spite of the rain

Lake Oswego had its first measurable rain in weeks, but Elizabeth Wood played outdoors anyway.  Here she is (back to camera) with host and Division B second-place finisher Scott Smith and with first-place finisher Joanne Manson.  Elizabeth finished third.

Scott and Elizabeth

Joanne and Elizabeth


Alice Van Leunen opted to play indoors and won Division A.