Today, April 13th, is National Scrabble Day.   Wikipedia indicates that there are over 4,000 scrabble clubs but we could only uncover details about 50 or so across the United States.  Here is map to a scrabble club near you.

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/scrabble-clubs

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If you know of a Scrabble club you wish to add to your map, here is a link to where you can add the club.

http://find.mapmuse.com/re1/userAdd0.php?brandID=SCRABBLE_CLUBS

In addition, to celebrate National Scrabble Day we have provided a brief history with milestones below.

A brief history and timeline of Scrabble

1938:

– Alfred Mosher Butts, an architect, creates a scrabble style game called Criss-Crosswords that was based on an earlier version he called Lexiko.

-Butts used the frequency of letters in the New York Times to determine letter values.

-Butts manufactured a few sets and tried to sell it to large game manufacturers but was unsuccessful

1948:

– James Brunot from Newton, CT, one of the few owners of the Criss-Crosswords game bought the rights from Butts and agreed to give Butts a royalty for every game sold

– Brunot made very slight changes to the game by changing a few letter values and simplifying the rules.

-Brunot changed the name to Scrabble which means to scratch frantically.

1949

– Brunot manufactures 2,400 game sets in a converted school house but lost money on the endeavor.

1952

– Legend has it that Jack Straus, the President of Macy’s, played Scrabble on vacation and placed a large order to be sold in Macy’s.

– Brunot, unable to meet demand, sold the rights to Selchow and Righter, a game manufacturer that previously rejected the game.

 1954

– Selchow and Righter sold nearly 4 million game sets.

1986

– Selchow and Righter was sold to Coleco

– Colco goes bankrupt and sells assets, including Scrabble and Parcheesi to Hasbro.

2004

– Scrabble was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

2009

– Words with Friends, a clear rip-off of Scrabble, is released.  For a myriad of legal reasons that is beyond the scope of this posting, Scrabble is not protected from Words with Friends copying the game.