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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 12 (April 15, 1955)

The man who invented "monopoly",   pp. 29-32


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  Ralph Dornfeld OWEN, '09, is serving as
visiting professor in the department of edu-
cation at the University of Marburg, in Lahn,
Germany. His wife, the former Ada Hille-
mann, '08, is with him.
  Philip L. HUDSON, '09, was elected to
the board of trustees of Milton College
recently.
  We have recently learned that Horace
Grove DEMING, '09, is a consulting chemist
in Sarasota, Florida.
1910 to 1915              *...... .     W
  Attorney Kenneth F. BURGESS, '10, has
been elected a director of the Burgess Battery
Co. He is now living in Chicago.
  Recently advanced to president of the Paine
Lumber Co. Ltd. of Oshkosh was Ralph R.
HARTLEY, '10.
  The National Association of Railroad and
Utilities Commissioners recently announced
the election of Wildon F. WHITNEY, '10,
to the presidency of the association. He has
been on the Wisconsin state commission
since 1939.
  The National Audubon Society presented
an award to H. W. STORY, '12, vice presi-
dent of Allis-Chalmers, for the company's
support of the new   Audubon   Camp   of
Wisconsin.
  Five UW. Alumni were reunited recently
at the American Mining Congress. They are
John C. SCOLES, '14, Frank PARDEE, '15,
Merwin EDWARDS. '12, Richard HUNT,
'15, and Robert HUGHES, '15. Mr. Scoles
informed us that Evelyn COLLITON, '17,
now lives in Sacramento and Mary NOR-
TON, '12, lives in Murphys. California.
Mr. Scoles' wife is the former Ednah
CRANNA, '24.
  The UW Board of Regents recently pre-
  sented a citation to Paul A. DAHL, '13, for
  his contribution to city and state in Phar-
macy. He is the founder of the Viroqua
Hospital.
  Harold G. PICKERING, '12, has retired
from a New York law firm and is now an
associate professor of law at the University
of California.
  The only woman member of the Madison
  Board of Education, a grandmother to nine
children, is Mrs. E. J. Samp, '12, formerly
Helen SULLIVAN.
  The Washington Society of Engineers re-
cently honored Clifford BETTS, '13, for
outstanding accomplishments in engineering.
He is the eighth person to be awarded this
honor.
  In February, Circuit Judge Alvin C. REIS,
  '13, told New York City's Harvard alumni
club about his annual fishing trips to the
Arctic Circle.
  After 50 years of teaching, Glenn JUNK-
MAN, '13, has decided to retire in June.
For 37 years Mr. Junkman has taught mathe-
matics at River Falls state college.
  Stanley C. ALLYN, '13, was recently
  elected to the board of trustees of the
  Institute of International Education.
  The annual Forty-Niner service award
  made by the canning industry for outstanding
contributions has been given to Dr. John C.
WALKER, '14. Dr. Walker was also named
to College of Electors of the Hall of Fame
for Great Americans.
  A recognition dinner was held in honor
  of Glenn M. HOUSEHOLDER, '14. He was
  presented with a gold watch in recognition
  of his services to the Vermont Holstein
  Friesian Association.
  APRIL, 1955
The Man Who
Invented
"Monopoly"
            (and numerous other things
too technical to mention)
W HO HASN'T played "Monop-
        oly"? Our best guess is practically
        no  one. But have you ever
wondered about its inventor? What kind
of a person thought up this most popular
of all patent board games? Was he a
disgruntled WPA worker? a Wall Street
financial baron? a wild-eyed genius?
Nope, nothing of the sort. "Monopoly's"
creator is a quiet and thoroughly sane
electronic engineer from  Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. He is best known as William
W. Garstang, '30, now chief electronics
engineer of the Allen Bradley Company.
  To Garstang, "Monopoly" is one of the
least important things for which he has
been granted a patent. A few other in-
ventors may have more than his nearly
50 patents, but it's doubtful if anyone
since  Edison  has  created  more   far-
reaching devices. While most of his in-
ventions have been    too  technical to
attract public attention, it is equally true
that our industrial society would be years
behind its present level without them.
   His first attempt for a patent was back
in 1929 when he was still a student at
Wisconsin. A General Electric scientist
got to the U. S. Patent Office with the
same idea less than 60 days earlier. That's
how close Bill Garstang came to being
known as the "father of CBS color tele-
vision!" But he doesn't complain about
the one that got away. Just think of how
many other inventors he has left holding
the bag!
William Garstang in his home workshop.
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