The time for traditional football rivalries is
fast approaching. Across the country, campuses
will host rallies and bonfires in support of
their teams. Cal grad, Peter Roizen, thinks it is
time to use an alternative fuel for the flames.
He suggests books.
"Not just any book," says Roizen.
"I respect the arts and the sciences, and
the accumulated knowledge, insights, and wisdom
of the centuries."
Roizen actually suggests just one book to bring
and burn--The Official Scrabble Dictionary.
"I personally took Bonehead English twice as
a freshman," says Roizen. "I can't say
for sure that playing Scrabble(R) and relying on
the Official Scrabble Dictionary in high school
was the root cause, but it didn't help any. It's
not easy writing a thoughtful essay relying on
short, odd, foreign words like 'SOUK' and
Roizen is the inventor of the WildWords Crossword
Game. Unlike Scrabble(r), WildWords permits any
word in English, no matter how long, to be
played. The game relies on wild asterisk tiles
and wild squares that can represent any series of
one or more letters. Thus the play of
"INF*TORY" could be the word
"INFLAMMATORY" with the asterisk
representing "LAMMA." Roizen claims the
game promotes functional English and creative
"WildWords must be played with a bona fide
reference dictionary," states Roizen.
"You will play and learn useful words."
Roizen says he will be bringing his copy of the
Official Scrabble Dictionary to the Cal Big Game
rally. He invites other Golden Bears, and college
students and alumni across the country to do the
same at their rallies.
"Everyone from every school is invited to
participate and join the cause," he says,