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Title: Photograph- Boy playing "Simon" Game
Identifier: 2006.4.7.9
Donor: City of Mississauga
Item Date: 1986
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Black and white glossy photo of a boy sitting down at a table playing the "Simon" game. The box for the game is sitting next to him on the table on top of another box for the game of "Life."

Since the 1950s, Recreation and Parks of Mississauga has "operated recreation programs to make the leisure time choices of Mississauga citizens more enjoyable and interesting." According to a slide show script from 1992, the recreation and parks division of Mississauga accommodate the entire city population with hundreds of programs and thousands of acres of parks. Moreover, there are many building facilities within the city, such as South Common Community Centre, Meadowvale Community Centre and many others where city citizens can go to participate in programs or to simply enjoy some free time. According to the same slide show script, "in the recreation program area, recreation and parks have eight specialized units. These specialists units are fitness, youth, aquatics, community recreation, arts, athletics, physical and seniors." In the picture above, the children are participating in a program part of the Recreation and Parks division, part of the youth specialist unit. (Recreation and Parks Department Script for Generic Slide Show, 1992, prepared November '90, by Russ Pooley).

Simon is an electronic game of rhythm and memory skill invented by Ralph H. Baer and Howard J. Morrison,[1] with the software programming being done by Lenny Cope and manufactured and distributed by Milton Bradley. Simon was launched in 1978 at Studio 54 in New York City and became an immediate success. It became a pop culture symbol of the 1980s. From:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_(game).LIFE, also known as The Game of Life, is a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, as The Checkered Game of Life. The game simulates a person's travels through his or her life, from high school graduation to retirement, with jobs, marriages and children (or not) along the way. Two to six players can participate in one game; however, variations of the game have been made to accommodate a maximum of eight or ten players. The modern version was originally published one hundred years later, in 1960 (then "endorsed" by Art Linkletter, with a circular picture of him on the box) by the Milton Bradley Company (now a subsidiary of Hasbro).From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_of_Life.
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