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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • TODD G. HIGDON: Bad weather means time for board games

  • As the cold weather moved in late Saturday and we woke to snow and ice Sunday morning, it was a day to think about bringing out the board games.
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  • As the cold weather moved in late Saturday and we woke to snow and ice Sunday morning, it was a day to think about bringing out the board games.
    When I was growing up, one of the best things that I cherished from my parents and other family members for gifts was board games. I have a few favorites — and still have them to this day.
    For instance, there was Clue, Monopoly, Aggravation, Staying Alive, Star Wars, Trivia Pursuit, checkers and Battleship. Each of these games were very unique, making us learn skills like thinking, remembering, solving mysteries and anticipating others' moves. I can't tell you the amount of time that we played these games. But what I can tell you is that they were fun playing them. If it was not a family event, then Greg and my friends would play the board games. For instance, my best friend, Steve Haas, always loved Monopoly. I, for one, could never beat him at the game, but for hours upon hours, we would play.
    And let me tell you, he was really good at it. Within a matter of minutes, it seemed that Steve would have all of the properties bought up, and acquiring more and more rent money. How did he do that, you ask. Well, every time he landed on a property, he purchased it. Clever thing, that way he spent all of this money purchasing the properties, but in turn, when, say, I or Greg or Steve's sister, Susan, landed on the properties, we had to pay him rent for our time on the property.
    After about two to even three hours with the game, I became tired, mainly because I would have no money, because of me paying Steve's "rent."
    I say that out of all of the board games that I had — and still have — Clue is my favorite. I would always be Mr. Green (probably because my favorite color is green). Anyway, Clue taught me how to be keeping my eyes open to everything, to make sure that I knew my surroundings and to always watch for the next step. More than I can remember, I actually won at the game competition against Steve.
    I ran across some interesting facts and history about Monopoly. According to www.hasbro.com/monopoly, "It was 1934, the height of the Great Depression, when Charles B. Darrow, Germantown, Penn., showed what he called the Monopoly game to the executives at Parker Brothers. Can you believe it, they rejected the game due to '52 design errors'! But Darrow wasn't daunted. Like many other Americans, he was unemployed at the time, and the game's exciting promise of fame and fortune inspired him to produce the game on his own. With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the Monopoly game to a Philadelphia department store. People loved the game! But as demand for the game grew, he couldn't keep up with all the orders and came back to talk to Parker Brothers again. The rest, as they say, is history! In its first year, 1935, the Monopoly game was the best-selling game in America. And over its 65-year history, an estimated 500 million people have played the game of Monopoly!"
    Page 2 of 2 - It has been a while since Tina and I have played a board game. Maybe sometime this week we will. A few years back when it snowed and iced heavily, Tina, Lynn, and I opened the board games and played for hours. It was a fun time and maybe sometime in the coming days, we will do that again.
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    With Sunday's weather, Tina and I decided to go watch a movie at B&B Theatres Neosho Cinema 6. We watched "Les Miserables," which is based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. It is a musical and I highly recommend the movie. I am so glad that we have a movie theatre in Neosho. Movies are always a great treat and a chance to get out of the house and watch a movie with the one that you love.
    Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News. He can be reached at tghigdon@neoshodailynews .com

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