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Fascinating facts about Nolan Bushnell inventor of the Pong Video Game  in 1972.

Nolan Bushnell
AT A GLANCE:
Pong was the invention of Nolan Bushnell, a young engineer who introduced video table tennis to arcades in 1972. Simple and addictive, Pong launched the craze for home video games. The home version was Introduced by Atari, Bushnell's company, in 1974--long before anyone had seen a personal computer.
THE STORY
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Inventor: Nolan Bushnell
Criteria; First to invent. First to patent. Entrepreneur.
Birth: February 5, 1943  in Ogden, Utah
Nationality: American
Invention: Pong Video Game in 1972
Definition: noun / game trademark
Function: Pong is a simple and addictive video game. A tiny "ball" floats back and forth across a "net" bisecting a dark Television screen, and two players use knobs to manipulate "paddles" on the screen to hit the ball. The instructions are spare: "Avoid missing ball for high score."
Patent: 3,793,483 (US) issued February 19, 1974
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