Friday, July 13, 2012

Norman Sas (1925–2012)

The New York Times reports that Norman Sas, the inventor of electric football, has died at the age of eighty-seven. I like this comment from Mr. Sas’s wife Irene: “It wasn’t just something you turned on and it vibrated. It was something you did with your little men.”

I remember spending a small part of my early adolescence attempting to play electric football. It was a total waste of time, not even exasperating enough to be funny. This thirteen-second clip from The Simpsons gives an accurate picture of the “game.”

[That last set of quotation marks are for what Garner’s Modern American Usage calls “so-called-but-not-really.”]

comments: 2

Pete said...

Indeed, the game's outcome consisted of little more than the players ending up deadlocked along the sidelines. Now, Power Play Hockey, on the other hand...

Michael Leddy said...

Now that game looks cool.