R.I.P: Chris Haney, co-creator of Trivial Pursuit, dies at 59

1, 2, 3, 4… Pink.

Q: “Which co-creator of a popular board game, died in 2010?”

A: “Canadian Chris Haney, co-creator of Trivial Pursuit

According to the CBC, Haney died on May 31 in Toronto, Ontario after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Hiam, his first wife, Sarah, and by three children from his first marriage.

Chris Haney was born in Welland, Ontario and worked as a journalist for the Canadian Press in various cities. He met his Trivial Pursuit partner, Scott Abbot after arriving in Montreal in December 1975 to co-ordinate photo coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympics.  After playing a game of Scrabble, Haney and Scott decided to create their own game, as an alternative.

Trivial Pursuit, I believe, has become one of the most iconic board games in history, spawning many different editons —so many that at least one will appeal to you—all of which are variations on the same theme: Land on a space, answer a question in one of six categories. It earned Haney and Abbot millions (as well as some lawsuits) and helped dull butter knives in homes everywhere when the little wedges wouldn’t come out of the game pieces at the end of a night.

Haney’s contribution to geek family board gaming night is certainly one that will endure throughout the ages. Be sure to read this touching memorial, written by Lorne Rubenstein of The Globe and Mail.

Posted on June 2, 2010 at 19:24 by Jillian Pullara · Permalink
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