Sixty years ago yesterday, New York architect Alfred Butts and his friend James Brunot registered the name "Scrabble" as a trademark. And the rest, as they say, is history (and interesting history at that). The Independent ran a birthday retrospective on Tuesday which is worth reading, both for the history of the game and for the sidebar feature highlighting famous Scrabble fans, including Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II, and Vladimir Nabokov.
Scrabble is one of our favorite family games, and although it has led to the occasional shouting match, it's always great fun. [h/t Reading Copy]