Even though I haven’t played in a sanctioned SCRABBLE tournament since the turn of the millennium, I’m still a member of the National SCRABBLE Association (and yes, the word “SCRABBLE” is legally required to be written in all caps).
Way back in 1999, SCRABBLE News covered my baseball collection, and just the other day, I got the latest issue in the mail and was surprised to see this.
By the way, the little bearded guy on the cover is named Nigel Richards. He just won the world championship. Five years ago he nearly won the national championship but lost to a guy named Joel Sherman. I worked at that championship (as a paid intern) which was filmed for a documentary called “Word Wars.” Even if you don’t like SCRABBLE, you’ll enjoy this film. Watch it at once. You’ll see Nigel. You’ll see Joel (who’s a true character). You’ll see lots of wacky stuff. And if you look really closely, you’ll see me…toward the end…standing in the background.