The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on January 1, 1977 · Page 41
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 41

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Saturday, January 1, 1977
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C2-Palm Beach Post-fimes, Saturday7january j 1977 The Talm Beach' Game Copyright Quarrel May Delay the Roll of Die for Its Fans H pu! W c By CHARLES KEEFER Pott Staff writer A roll of the die and Freddy Farnsworthy inherits Mar-a-Lago doubling his assets. Another roll and Mitsy Sanchez, the social climber show girl, throws a party. But, so sorry, it's dull and everyone leaves by 10 p.m. Mitsy loses 100 points. Meanwhile, Count Rigatoni, the blackmail artist, is taking a trip along Worth Avenue. The die, one of a pair of dice, comes up a deuce and the count counts out $10,000 for a pair of gold shoe buckles from Gucci's. That's "Palm Beach." Not the real Palm Beach, of course, but a simulation of the social whirl on that 24-carat cut of the Gold Coast on the east side of Lake Worth. It's a new game, played on a board similar to Monopoly but designed for the people who've got Monopoly locked up in real life. And, at this point, the new game's debut on the shelves of half a dozen stores in Palm Beach and New York, scheduled for Jan. 15, may be in doubt because of another, slightly more serious game involving real, live Palm Beachers and their lawyers. Half a dozen Palm Beach and Tampa residents who claim to have invented the game apparently have split on who should get the copyright and, consequently, the profits if "Palm Beach" becomes a fad in time for next Christmas' markets. "It could have an impact on when the game will reach the market," said William Pitt Jr., father of William (Billy) Pitt III who is claiming rights to "Palm Beach." "There is going to be a little delay on that (marketing)," Pitt said. "It was his (Pitt's) idea in the beginning to do the game," said Mrs. Ridgely Foster, the only member of PB Limited, a partnership formed to produce and sell the game, who could be reached for comment other than Pitt. "He helped us for the first few weeks. The actual writing, most of it, was done by (Palm Beacher) Ann Collier and Joseph Dixon III (a Tampa architect)," Mrs. Foster said. Several other Palm Beachers helped work out the concepts behind the game and "we still made him (Pitt) a full partner because it was his idea to do the game," she said. Pitt doesn't claim he authored the game. He does claim that it was his brainchild and that Mrs. Foster and others have " kept me half informed." "I kept saying I don't want it done that way (on a Monopoly based concept) and finally had to hire an attorney," 24-year-old Pitt said ." Staff Photo by Akiro Suwi Palm Beacher William (Billy) Pitt III With the 'Palm Beach' Board er. This automatically starts a race for the nearest "Divorce" square. The partner who hits the "Divorce" square first wins half the assets of his former spouse. Players can land on "The Shiney Sheet" and receive either good or bad newspaper publicity, worth points that can be converted to dollars for shopping trips, parties, divorce settlements and other financial Mrs. Foster said Pitt's attorney has requested full coyright claim for his client and threatened further action if they are not delivered. The Pitts refused to discuss their legal strategy and lawyers for Mrs. Foster and other PB Limited partners could not be reached. On the game board, a roll of the die can land a player on a "Marriage" square forcing him to get hitched to another play True to its name, "Palm Beach" is a game for the rich. Each player, except Count Rigatoni, starts the game with $2 million for the social season, according to Pitt. And each potential real-life player will have to fork over $25 to get the game in the first place, if and when it goes on the market. The object of "Palm Beach," of course, is to survive in the social world long enough to "make the club." The "ultimate winner," the player who survives all the social and financial pitfalls to reach the final, inner square, also receives at least on the playing board the "ultimate" reward. He is "found (dead) in the (club's) reading room" after having mastered everything else in life of any importance, at least to a player at "Palm Beach." Sheriffs Office Places Drug War Plane on Sale !H.pnmw onI., .mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmrmmtmwmmmmmmmmmmmm I .... G). r"' I i i fill ! 1 -T- rf - - - 4V? " ' 1 -m f St. lucie County ;;:ifi V fTlartin County Vv;:?:::'2 4 AREA NEWS Route 3, Box 297, Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Catholic Church, Fort Pierce. Baird Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. Movie Clock FORT PIERCE (Today and Sunday) Sunrise Theatre: "King Kong," 12: 30, 2:45, 5, 7:30, 10. Village . Theatre: "Two-Minute Warning," 2, 4, 6, 8, 10. Fort Pierce Drive-In: "Car Wash," 7:30; "Rooster Cogburn," (9: 17. (Monday) Sunrise Theatre: "King Kong," 7: 30. 9:45. Village Theatre: "Two-Minute Warning," 6:30, 8:30. Fort Pierce Drive-In: "Car Wash," 7:30; "Rooster Cogburn," 9: 17. STUART (Today) Mayfalr Theatre: "Midway" 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 (Sunday) Mayfair Theatre: "Midway" 3:30, 6, 8:30 (Monday) Mayfair Theatre: "Midway" 6, 8: 30 STUART The twin-engine plane the Sheriff's Office received in a recent drug bust is up for sale or trade. Sheriff James Holt said the Aero Commander 680F which formerly was owned by a convicted pot smuggler is too large and too costly to run for departmental use. He said he's looking for a smaller plane. The 16-year-old Aero Commander originally was estimated to be worth about $80,000, but the sheriff said he will sell it for considerably less. It was recommended last year by a grand jury that the Sheriff's Office obtain some type of aircraft for use against drug smuggling. Holt said he would settle for a single-engine plane with low-maintenance costs. Police Probe Theft Of $5,000 in Tools HOBE SOUND - The Martin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of about $5,000 in tools and equipment from the Sands Construction Co. on County Road. Detective Skip Heckendorn said the burglary occurred late Thursday jr. or early yesterday. He said missing items included adding machines, typewriters, calculators and tools. The business was forcibly entered, police said. Area Deaths Purcell, Maggie Mae, 77, of 1016-C Mayflower Road, Fort Pierce. Funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at Fort Pierce Funeral Home Chapel. Ebersole, Carolyn A., 80, of 903 High Point, Fort Pierce. Funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at Yates Funeral Home Chapel, Fort Pierce. Forget, Armande (Mrs.), 77, of m i ri wmm n . urn - 'ti Yearend Brings End of Career For Some, Promises New Starts 1. 1 i ff tl ... . i-. '.rV x . v.v.i... Philp worked for 24 years as chief deputy to the property appraiser. Well-liked by his fellow workers, Philp was given a party and several gifts last week by those who will miss him. Another retiring employe, volunteer Fire Chief Randolph Spinney, 83, said while he won't be actively fighting fires any more, he plans to "hang around the fire house and help out however I can." Spinney was with the volunteer squad in Jensen Beach for about 30 years. - LINDA HARBISON STUART Martin County lost a number of longtime employes as the year 1976 came to a close. Among those retiring was 69-year-old Joe Philp. "The end of the year brings an end to many careers, I suppose, but for myself I hope for some relaxation . . . and maybe more time for my music." Philp voiced what seems to be the feeling of others when he said retirement should be regarded as "the start of something new." "After you've worked all your life, it's rather startling to realize that the productive years are over . . . but then you look ahead and start to make new plans." Staff Photo by John Bartlitt Pelican Perch The Brown Pelican, although on were spotted surveying the water the endangered list, still can be at Fort Pierce, found around Florida. These Lightfingered Sinners Don't Bite on Purse Bait i Turnpike Smokeys Get Ears Keller said he has caught two drunk drivers with the help of private citizens using their CB radios. In addition to putting the troopers in immediate contact with motorists who are reporting trouble, the CB radios help relieve tedium, Keller said. "You put in eight hours on that road, it can be entertainment," he said. The radios do create one problem. Now that many CB users know the patrol cars can listen to them, they ask "Smokey, you got your ears on?" Then they want to chat. Keller said, "I realize it's a friendly gesture," but the troopers are often too busy with work to take time for idle talk. By Tho Atlociattd Preu Smokey has ears. That's the word from Florida Highway Patrol officers patroling Florida's Turnpike. Translated, it means that about 75 per cent of the patrol cars are equipped with Citizens Band radios. Patrol Commander J.E. Beach authorized private installation of CB radios in patrol cars in November. Lt. Warren Sutton says about 75 of the 100 patrol cars on the turnpike now have CB radios, installed at each trooper's expense. "It's proven itself many times," said Sgt. Tom Keller, adding that 22 of his 24 men now have CB. "It's like having 150 more men," he said. OKEECHOBEE - It may have all begun when the local Church of the Nazarene decided the way to catch a new convert was to place 80 empty pocket-books around town. None of the purses scattered in banks and shopping centers returned despite a message inside that asked finders to return them to the church's Sunday School for a "reward". The Rev. John Denby said the reward was an introduction to the church's teachings. Someone with purses on his or her mind did visit the church recently, however. Several purses of church members were left unattended in a back room during Grandparents Day and a thief took about $55 from them. Police said they have no suspects in the case.

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