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Fascinating facts about the invention
of the SIMON® game by Ralph H. Baer and Howard Morrison in 1977.

SIMON®
AT A GLANCE:
In 1978,
the world first met SIMON®. As a pioneer of electronic gaming, SIMON "came to life" in 1977 when Howard Morrison and Ralph Baer invented a microcomputer controlled game that was easy to learn and simple to play. It was unlike almost any game seen before and won the hearts of millions. The red, yellow, green and blue flashing lights became forever synonymous with the game and is still a memorable part of childhood (and adulthood) for many today.
THE STORY
RELATED INFO
Invention: SIMON® game in 1977
SIMON 2 photo courtesy Milton Bradley
Function: noun / trademark
Definition: An electronic, table-top, game consisting of four large buttons of different color lights and sound tones in a sequence that the player must match.
Patent: 4,207,087 (US) issued June 10, 1980
Inventor: Ralph H. Baer
Ralph Baer photo courtesy RHB Consulting
Criteria: First to invent. First to patent.
Birth: March 8, 1922 in Pirmasens, Germany
  Currently living in Manchester, New Hampshire
Nationality: German
Milestones:
1977 Howard Morrison and Ralph Baer file patent application for microcomputer controlled game
1977 SIMON name registered Novenber 7. Reg. No. 1211692
1978 The game now named Simon is manufactured and distributed by Milton Bradley
1980 Patent # 4,207,087 (US) issued June 10,
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RELATED INFORMATION:
Ralph Baer Biography   from The Great Idea Finder
History of Toys and Games   from The Great Idea Finder

 
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