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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:08 pm    Post subject: a table hockey book Reply with quote

Boys;

There has been some talk of a table hockey book over in the tavern, here was my response.

Hey Boys;

I like the book idea. More exactly, I like the idea of a book. I don't think it would be a good idea to go to all the effort of making an actual book right away, but getting the history of table hockey in one place would be great. Instead of a book I would suggest we start with Wikipedia.

I went in to Wikipedia to see how difficult it is to change/add/edit and it didn't come easy for this old man. I will try again when I have more time. For now I wondered if we can agree on a common story about Don Munro and his most wonderful invention ? I searched the internet and make a composite of all I can find and it goes like this ....

The game of table hockey was invented in 1932 in Toronto by the Canadian Donald H. Munro Sr.

Don like many Canadians was short of cash for Christmas presents. He had a wife and three young children. That year the family all pitched in and made the first table hockey game. This mechanical game was built out of scrap wood and metal and included used coat hanger wire, butcher's twine, clock springs and the lumber came from the coal bin.

The game looked more like an early pinball game, with one key difference: it was a two player game. The playing surface sloped downward toward each end. The players controlled levers for the goalie and flippers for the players.

The story goes that a travelling salesman noticed the game and encouraged Don to take the game down to the local Eaton's department store. Don did just that. The first game went in on a consignment deal. By the time got home from delivering the game it had sold and more orders were placed.

If you had additional information or see errors in my submission, please weigh in.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd thought the first was made from an ironing board? I could be wrong.

Nice idea though!
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