The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on July 17, 1999 · 6
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Saturday, July 17, 1999
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6A THE HERALD SATURDAY JULY 17 1999 F Broward Pac-Man Ms. Pac-Man is PACMAN, FROM 1A Mitchell played for nearly six hours and scored 3,333,360 points in the record-setting game, played in a New Hampshire arcade. The victory cost him one quarter. Already a titan in the video game industry, Mitchell holds the world record on the classic Donkey Kong game. He once played a single game of Centipede for 47 hours. Some people might consider such exploits a moronic waste of time. But to Mitchell, they are the essence of competition. "I have an absolute passion, a fever, to be No 1, he said I hink that's where the thing grabs hold of me. Once an adolescent video game obsessive who spent up to 20 hours a day in the arcade at Grand Prix Race-o-Rama in Dania Beach, Mitchell is now a 6-foot -4, bearded adult who presides over a $5 million hot sauce business at Rickeys restaurant in Hollywood His quest for the perfect Pac-Man game goes hand in hand with a nationwide revival in classic video games. Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and their progeny are the royal family of video gaming Created by the Japanese firm NAMCO in 1979, Pac-Man became an international smash and dominated the golden era of coin-operated video arcades that lasted from the late 1970s until the mid-1980s. Pac-Man merchandising Wildly popular among children and adults of both genders, Pac-Man spawned Pac-Man wallets, Pac-Man backpacks, a Pac-Man cartoon show and a song called Fan-Man Fever. ir BELOW FACTORY REG. $10 SY. to $29 S.Y. Berber Plushes Florals Commercials We re cieanng out hundreds of Brand New Famous Name Carpets, Including some Top Quality Nylon that retail at 129 s. DON BAILEY 14831 N W 7 AVE , N MIAMI 757-1578 NCW LOCATION BOtSSJVEBiW tMJHl-757-ISW i f" .etsevujLr-juc-Tr- 7175 1 cdaats&u. tin, n. mu tii-tbi 'xanut ft m. 757-4371 X w - All First Quality Original Oil Paintings Over 2,000 Original Oil Paintings To Choose From ALL SfllOO MOST Si cno'k UNDER UNDER I O fT "k THIS SUNDAY ONLY! . e Af2 to 5 pm Free Admission iii-iTTiM'SrvTimi.ilffi IMPORTED DIRECT FROM ITALY The Finest Quality Suits in Miami! PSrft Po'9Ti L ntd & Lo 4 & 4 7i finest Itaian Suits, Shirts, Pants and Accessories for Ladies and Gentlemen. r uis F P Sry yf F ;w! Or or JO OOO Sq H l) ex. Of fine Italian ( Inthmu at M OMO B l I ) (j Iv I F R I h"e'ale 'Hc e' BORGHESE Fine Italian Men i & Lad'ei Cloth'ng 20JO Potice de Leca Itvd., Coral Gables (305) 529 0300 Pn 7t Sttunty 1 r iar C'esetJ Pi-kj man sets record his next target Mitchell arrived July 1 at a sanctioned Pac-Man site in Weirs Beach, N.H., and vowed to break the record by the Fourth. After languishing through most of the 1990s, Pac-Man and its ilk have enjoyed a resurgence in the past year. Men in their 30s now compete to set records on the classic video games that they mastered as pimply teens. Mitchell, who grew up in South Florida and attended Chami-nade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, was just the right age to rise to stardom among the legions of arcade gamers. But when Pac-Man and similar games faded in the mid-1980s, Mitchell stopped playing video games completely and turned to the family business. He is the son of Bill Mitchell Sr , owner of Rickeys restaurants in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines. Mitchell returned to the arcades last year to join a new wave of video game competition. It took him 60 days of practice to regain his form The quest for the perfect game has played out between a handful of players Two are South Floridians Chris Ayra, a longtime friend of Mitchell's who works at a Miami-Dade Publix, holds the world record on Ms. Pac-Man. That mark is Mitchells next target; he ffiflSGJCLASSIFIED Ziff's nAWliriniaiimtwn Pea Ita tan Higher Qua I try Fab'ta iff i . s ft. f Y v kt&T 11.. JOE RIMKUS JR. Herald Staff MS. PAC-MANS NEXT; Billy Mitchell, Pac-Man record holder, aims to break the Ms. Pac-Man record. His friend Chris Ayra now holds it. has been practicing on a Ms. Pac-Man machine at the Hollywood restaurant. Mitchell the patriot incensed Last May, a Canadian rival beat Ayras previous Pac-Man record and came within 90 points of a perfect game Mitchell, a patriot, was incensed. He traveled to the Fun-spot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, N H., a sanctioned spot for official Pac-Man competition. Clad in red, white and blue, he amved on July 1 Canada Day and vowed to break the record by the Fourth. Im guaranteeing victory, he boasted, paraphrasing legendary football quarterback Joe Namath. Mitchells first attempt at the record ended ingloriously after (ffoe real deal! www.herald.commax v OS' hdE&lCRAIFF CORAL GABLES MEDLEY 137 f4m880MILE 8575 N-W' 7?TH AVL MON-SAT 864-2341 K TUES-SAT 10-5off m ait s.xiver drive Our Storewide Semi-Annual Event Final Weekend To Save mWE Front $0 t 0 NO OTHER HOT TUB FEELS LIKE A Sui)dai)ce'! Calypso- 4 Pumps 22 Jets Sui)dai)ce Spas Best Built Hot Tubs in TJje World GUARANTEED VALUE PRICE 11720 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Tel: 305-893-4036 two hours when a clumsy child accidentally unplugged an entire row of games. He kept at it. Victory came around 5 p m. on July 3. Winning at Pac-Man isnt pretty. Screens 21 to 255 are identical, making for several hours of rather boring play. At screen 256, the last one, the computer itself begins to malfunction. Its memory full, the machine fills half the game screen with random letters and numbers. The player must navigate through the muddled playing field to scoop up the last few points. Then, every point exhausted, Pac-Man must die. There is no ceremony, no parade of Pac-Men. Just an anti-climactic announcement: Game Over. e-mail: FIRST SALE EVER!!! ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND SELECTED PIECES NOW 20 OFF SALE ENDS JULY J1ST BY THE FALLS 8880 SW 129 TER 378-0377 MON-SAT KW Military looks to Hispanics to fill out its thinning ranks By CURTIS MORGAN Herald Staff Writer Uncle Sam wants you, amigo. Deeply downsized yet facing growing demands, the U.S military is battling a shortage in the ranks, Army Secretary Louis Caldera said Friday. The Army alone may need 20.000 to 50,000 more soldiers in the coming years, Caldera said, and it is particularly seeking soldiers of Hispanic descent. They constitute 7 percent of the overall Army and just 3.5 percent of officers Caldera, who met with news executives and members of the editorial board of The Herald, echoed concerns voiced with increasing volume in the Pentagon in recent years: More than 10 years of declining defense budgets have strained resources for a military force whose mission has expanded well beyond the battlefield. Recruitment, he said, is the top short-term challenge. Even at the small-size military we have now, were having trouble filling the force, Caldera said. Just 10 years ago, the Army had 770.000 personnel. Today, with Cold War tensions eased, the number is down nearly 40 percent to 480.000 At the same time, he said, the military is being asked to play more roles around the globe from tracking drug traffickers in South America, to helping keep the peace in Haiti and Bosnia, to humanitarian efforts like helping victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America. 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The other would aim at high school dropouts who score high on intelligence and motivation tests and dont have troubled backgrounds. That would particularly help reach Hispanics, 'who are more olten forced out of school to help families make ends meet, he said Caldera a West Point and Harvard Law School graduate and former California lawmaker born to immigrant Mexican parents in El Paso, Texas said Hispanics are underrepresented in all military branches. With the Hispanic population booming in the United States, he said, it is critical to add more soldiers and officers. The Army, he said, already plans to double its advertising budget in Spamsh-language media and will tailor its overall campaign for a broader appeal Recruitment programs also will target several states with large Hispanic populations, including Florida. But small numbers dont mean Hispanics havent been successful in the Army, he said. 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