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Community FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2005 Tler Morning Telegraph 3B Perennial Pac-Man Celebrates Its 25th Arcade Anniversary By MATT SLAGLE AP Technology Writer For a video game, Pac-Man is getting downright old. The ghost-wary hero with an insatiable appetite for dots turns 25 this month. From the early 1980s "Pae-Mania" to today's endless sequels and rip-offs, the original master of maze management remains a bright yellow circle on the cultural radar. But there was more to Pac-Man's broad appeal than eating dots and dodging on-screen archnvals Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. "The fact that it's cute, it's almost like a hero running around the board from bad guys. It's not an appeal based on violence." Billy Mitchell, Pac-Man Champion "This was the first time a player took on a persona in the game. Instead of controlling inanimate objects like tanks, paddles and missile bases, players now controlled a 'living' creature," says Leonard Herman, author of "Phoenix: The Rise and Fall of Videogames." "It was something that people could identify, like a hero." It all began in Japan, when Toru Iwatani, a young designer at Namco, caught inspiration from a pizza' that was missing a slice. Puck-Man, as it was originally called, was born. Because of obvious similarities to. a certain , four-letter profanity, "Puck" became "Pac" when it debuted m the U.S. in 1980. Its success spawned a romantic interest (Ms. Pac-Man), a child (Junior Pac-Man), a cartoon show and hundreds of licensed prod-. ucts. The phenomenon' even reached the pop music charts when "Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner & Garcia drove us all crazy in 1982. Billy Mitchell, the first and only person known to play a perfect game of Pac-Man (he racked up a score of 3,333,360 after clearing all 256 levels in more than six hours in 1999, ,- according to video game record keepers Tvin Galaxies) says Pac's popularity was in its nonviolent simplicity. 'The fact that it's cute, it's almost like a hero running around the board from bad guys. It's not an appeal based on violence," the 39-year-old from Hollywood, Fla., said. "Whether it was an 80-year-old lady or a kid, everyone could adapt to the Pac-Man world." Billions of quarters later, Pac-Man's influ- i ..m'-'i '- 1 -m . ill mil .M , di n zZ n u .ZZZz ' j iui i: n (i n n n o nnuf ?;HT.Juum'oc)unn ZJi I c it s i ) o r . csrerra? I I U rjonoorlgl I i lit o W r - si 1 r .. t n cn;nnmHU;t!iiiii'!'HM';0-,'-'niu;tnii'J:i Miracle Vinegar Comes To The Rescue Again : ' ': AP File Photo WOCKA WOCKA: This file closeup shows a monitor displaying the electronic video game Pac-Man in 1983. This year marks the 25th anniversary for the pioneering arcade game. ence continues. As part of a final project for a class in New York University's Interactive Telecom-muni-cations graduate program last year, students with cell phones and Wi-Fi Internet connections mimicked the game, tracking their movements on a grid spanning several city blocks , They called this analog re-enactment, where four people dressed as ghosts searched for Pac-Man on the streets around New York's Washington Square Park, Pac-Manhattan. "We never had anyone clear the entire board," said Frank Lantz, a game designer who taught the course. Namco, which can't offer an exact date for Pac-Man's birth, sold 293,822 ot the arcade machines between 1980 and '87. It shows no signs of giving up on the franchise. The company has several new games this year, including "Pac-Mania 3D," "Pac-Man World 3," Pac-Pix" and "Pac-Man Pinball." It even began making a special 25th anniversary edition of the old arcade machine. "People say, 'Who buys Pac-Man?' It's one ofthe few games where the answer is, 'Everyone,'" said Scott Rubin, general manager of Namco America. . Herman said Pac-Man's place in video game history is forever secure, saying: "It was a milestone of video game history." Bridge Results Dottie Pirkle's Bridge Studio Results for June 6: Sandy Hilliard and Sandy Priest, 1st; Dottie Pirkle and Judy Adams, 2nd; Barbara Brown and Lynn Walker, 3rd; Luke and Wilma Luquette. 4th, Results for June 7: Valeria Chapman and Joanne Abate, 1st; Fritzi Rizer and Mary, Tarrance, 2nd; Sue Harris , and Mary Jo Krohn, 3rd. Results for June 9, 26 Club Championship: Ann and Gunner Thomas, 1st; Jim and Ginger Rhamey, 2nd; Joanne Abate and Valerie Chapman, 3rd; Dale and Flo Eckeberger, 4th; Ursula Brooks and Charles Ford, 5th. . Tyler Duplicate Bridge Club Wednesday Duplicate Bridge NorthSouth: Alta Peck and Dorothy Parker, Nancy Green and Synphia Adams, tied for 1st, Florine Shank and Dick Rehm, 3rd. EastAVest: Peggy Parker and Emily Leake, 1st; Kathleen Griffith and Lynn Walker, 2nd; Annette and Bill Crawford, 3rd. Monday Duplicate Bridge Club NorthSouth: Peggy Parker and Florine Shank, 1st; Nina Worthington and Dick Rehm, 2nd; Jackie Kimberley and Betty Kirkwood, 3rd; Sara Granger and Steve Lawrence, 4th; Alta Peck and Dorothy Parker, Nancy Green and Synphia Adams, tied for 5th. EastAVest: Reaves ' Murphey and Don Bartley, 1st; Kay Wright and Brenda Baker, 2nd; Bill Crawford and Wayne Rogers, 3rd; Marcille Kallerson and Ann Steger, 4th; Carol Walliser and Martha Taft, 5th; Dot Hodge and Kathleen Griffith, 6th. Wednesday Afternoon: NorthSouth: Florine Shank and Dick Rehm, 1st; Brenda Baker and Emily Leake, 2nd; Karylene Hall and Dorothy Parker, 3rd; Miriam Rubin and Marcille Kallerson, 4th. EastAVest: Ron Perkins and Reaves Murphey, 1st; Vermeil Boucher and Jackie Kimberley, 2nd; Alta Peck and Jackie McGinty, 3rd; Lynn Walker and Betsy Smith, 4th. Rose City Bridge Club Results for June 10: NorthSouth: Kathy Reddick and Raymond Derr, 1st; Brenda Baker and B- Kirkwood, 2nd; Michael Henry and Kathleen Griffith, 3rd. EastAVest: Vermeil Boucher and Peggy Parker, 1st; Edwin Stewart and Karlyene Hall, 2nd; Annette and Bill Crawford, 3rd;' Ann Steger and Marcille Kallerson, 4th. ' . i Results for June 14 STAQ Game: NorthSouth: Wanda Hartley and Lee Fuquay, 1st; Emily Leake and Brenda Baker, 2nd; Marvin Wiebe and Marlene Phillips, 3rd. EastAVest: Edwin Stewart and Michael Henry, 1st; Steve Lawrence and Jackie McGinty, 2nd; Bridget Owens and Megan Porter, 3rd; Helen Stevens and Betsy Smith, 4th. '. Van Zandt Country Club Bridge Results for June 14: NorthSouth: J.L. Allen and Bari Hart, 1st, Sandy Hilliard and Jean Cravey, 2nd. EastAVest; Macile Turner and Ursula Brooks, 1st, Rosalyn Tullos and Billie Lewis, 2nd. Hints From Heloise DEAR HELOISE: When bringing home, groceries one hot, summer day, the milk leaked a little bit. The next day. I opened the car door you can imagine the , smell that greeted me! Since I didn't have time to try to clean it up at that moment, the smell had the chance to get even worse. - I tried everything to get that smell out! I remembered vinegar and had nothing to lose. 1 tried a 'diluted solution. It helped, but 1 could still smell it. So, I poured, straight vinegar on the spot, waited about 10 minutes and blotted it up with clean, white rags. I did it again the next day, and the smell was totally gone! . This also worked when a little onejthrew up in my car at a later date - although it took a little more vinegar and scrubbing to get that smell put. Love LL of your hints keep them coming!!- Lori J. of Staunton, Va. Lori, thanks for sharing your experience, and it's nice to know that vinegar came to the rescue! It is especially important to get -to those spills as quickly as possible in order to have the most success. As you probably know, vinegar is my all-time favorite and beloved cleaner! It is cheap, is usually found on your pantry shelf and has a multitude ot uses 1 have compiled a vinegar pamphlet that is just filled with greai ways 10 use vinegar around your home! This pamphlet is a must for every household. To receive a copy of. the six-page pamphlet, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) v envelope to: HeloiseVinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Vinegar is a great natural deodorizer, as:, you found out. If you're painting a room, place several small, plastic, open containers filled with vinegar around the room. This will help absorb some of the paint odor and is easy to do. Give it a try. Heloise DEAR HELOISE: I cut off the open end of newspaper sleeves approximately 8 inches from- the bottom, and presto you have shoe sleeves to use when packing. This allows shoes and clothing to easily share the sam& suitcase. Mrs. Rona A. Lew, Alexandria, Va. . DEAR HELOISE: This is my favorite "be good to me" rjmt when it's chilly, or sometimes even when the air conditioning is cold. Before I pop into the tub or hower, 1 run a sink full of the hottest tap water and put mmy plastic bottle ol body lotion to warm. By the time I get out ot the shower, the lotion is warm and goes on so smoothly r it is almost as nice as a massage! If my lotion bottle happens to be glass. I put a washcloth in the bottom of the sink to cushion it. Caryl H., Indianapolis . DEAR HELOISE: Another hint for reusing empty yogurt or margarine containers: Send leftovers home with guests after dinnerno need to return the containers. Sandy Quinn in California O.KING FEATURES SYNDICATE. Bow-Making Tops Program At NAICAT's Next Meeting North American Indian Association of Tyler (NA1CAT) will hold its meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith County Historical Society, 125 S. College Ave.' The program will include a bow-making demonstration by Jerry Swindell of Alba. Also on tap is a discussion of helping with and attending the "Battle of the Neches" ceremony at Red Land July 16, and Cherokee Holiday Labor Day weekend in Talequah, Okla., where members will camp out and attend a stomp dance. Membership is open and the public is welcome to attend. Members enjoy cultured events, arts and .crafts, and attend Pow Wows. :? J-Ri and pioxe.. . . ' Semi Annual Sale on Jan (Remo-Sportswear Selected colors 25 off 903-534-9454 In Foley's Plaza 4750 S. Broadway Tyler Hours: Mon.-Wed. 10am-6pm Thurs. 10am-8pm Fri.-Sat. 10am-6pm MARK'S FORMAL TUXEDO RENTALS in stock Tux Rentals (Mack Lrnitf Thus of Standard Tux) . C Ik AQ; TOTAL TUX: Includes Tux with ' . Shirt, Vest. Tie & Jewelry (bnoes fcxtraj . (Grooms Tux FREE with 6 or Mora rentals) Spaclel Style Orders Avsllble 'Sales lax not included rr rrt nnn 1325 S.Beckham (2 Blocks So. of ETMCj 903-593-941 Or PROFESSIONAL 41 : MbW. :y.Ytid Give your fur the care It needs to remain beautiful for many years. Our cleaning, glazing and cold storage process is the most professional fur storage program you can find. WT17C CLEANING 1 1 1 M LAUNDRY TROUP HIGHWAY AT BROADWAY r I J 593-1163 Day Dy Day FRIDAY Tyler Senior Center: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 19 15 Garden Valley Road. Games and activities; Meals on Wheels served daily, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; $2.50 for thdse over age 60, $4 for others; 42 Club, 12:30-4 p.m.; free video show, 1 p.m.; For information, call (903)597-0781. Holt House Inc.: 10 a.m., 709 S. Bois d'Arc Ave. Party, Duplicate Bridge and lunch. . Meals on Wheels: 11-11:30 a.m.. University Christian Church, 3500 Old Omen Road. Meals served to seniors, age 60 and older. Reservations required. Call Kathy at (903) 780-0900 the day before. Menu: turkey and dress-iag. East Texas Association of Health Underwriters: 11:30 a.m., Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Drive. Lunch at 1 1 :30 a.m. Meeting at noon with speaker. Dr. Howard Bravcrman, "One hour of CE, vision-care." Tyler Public Library: 2 p.m., Auditorium. 201 S. College Ave. Fag Fridays. Guest entertainer Ken-rt-Jim. wild and zany children's comedy and music. For all ages. Free, registration required only for groups. (903) 392-7323 or e-mail programstylertexas.com. Fourth Partner Foundation: 6-7:30 p.m., Texas College Martin Hull. Program: Dr. Dolphus Weary, author "1 Aint Comin Back." Refreshments and book signing to follow. Free to the public. Tyler Senior Center: 7-10 p.m., 1915 Garden Valley Road. Dance to music of Rose City Swing Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $4 at door. Open to the public. For information, call (903)597-0781. ONGOING Palette of Roses Art League exhibits for the month of June are Shawnie Nix, Bank of America, 110 N. College Ave.; Betty Shephard. Bank of America, 3001 Golden Road; Jo Rowland, Briarcliff Retirement Center, 3500 S. Vine Ave.; Linda Davidson, City of Tyler Inspection Department, 423 W. Ferguson St.; Dixie Pate, Instant Copy, 2450 ESE Loop 323; and Sherry Peek, Wayne's Hair Gallery, Texas Highway 110 South and Shiloh Road. Llndale Exhibits: Kathy Rogers, Hibemia National Bank, 2502 U.S. Highway 69 South, and Hibemia National Bank, Hideaway. GUIDELINES- To have your organization's meeting(s) publicized in the Sunday calendar, the basic information (name of the organization and day, date, time, location of the meeting) should reach the Community Department of the Tyler newspaper by 5 p.m. the preceding Monday. Any notices received after the Monday deadline will be published on the day of the meeting. Announcements that miss the Sunday deadline should be turned in at least two days before they are to appear in the newspaper. Forms that list basic information required for meeting announcements are available in the Community Department. , For more information on calendar guidelines, call (903) 57-8111, fax (903) 595-0335 or e-mailfcaturestylerpapcr.coin. . 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