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Steve Dixon August 10th, 2011 11:39 AM

Dixonary Ancient History
 
Quoting Daniel Widdis:

"Huh. I thought voting for your own def was Bennering, and Dixoning was
earning yourself a crown. But I may be confused."
You are right, Daniel, to vote for your own def was "to Benner," after the late, great Howard Benner who is memorialized hereabouts much better than I can. Howard not only always voted for his own but almost always contributed a definition that referred, in one way or another, to horses and horse racing. He was a fan of thoroughbred racing.

The game morphed into Dixonary, and I got the nickname "DQ Dixon" because of my awful first attempt as a dealer on Round #28. It was about that time that concerns had surfaced over possible copyright infringement on the Fictionary name and Howard, in his role as kind and benevolent ruler, decided to retag the game on TapCIS Forum after the absolute worst round ever.

BTW, I wanted to ask about some folks and reminisce. Is this the proper spot or should it be taken elsewhere to keep the game messages clear?

Dodi Schultz August 10th, 2011 01:23 PM

Re: [Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
Steve Dixon wrote:

> I wanted to ask about some folks and reminisce. Is this the proper
> spot or should it be taken elsewhere to keep the game messages clear?
>


It's the absolutely right good venue, Steve. Just start the subject line
with OT: and players will know it's not part of the current round.

—Dodi

Jim Hart August 10th, 2011 06:34 PM

[Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
Nice to meet you Mr Dixon. I confess that though I've known your name
here for a long time I didn't realise you were a real person, or
perhaps I just forgot since Dixonary seemed such a good name for the
game.

I stumbled on the game at a time when it appeared to be already well
established but that era seems like early history now. I remember was
a tad hesitant about intruding into what appeared to be a small
exclusive club but they proved to be a welcoming lot.

Somewhere along the line I lapsed for a few years until Dodi persuaded
me to re-enter. I wonder how many other ex-Dixonians are out there
waiting to come infrom the cold.

Jim

Jim Hart August 10th, 2011 07:16 PM

[Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
And to reply to myself...

I see that I first dealt in round 370 so I probably started somewhere
in the 4th century AD (after Dixon). Don't know what year that was but
it was not long after I discovered the wonders of Compuserve and this
newfangled Internet thing. Someone (now forgotten) put me onto Tapcis
as a way to minimise compuserve's per-minute fees and to maximise
efficiency of my 14.4K modem.

I haven't seen the verb "to benner" for quite a while. Dixoning
obviously lives on, and I vaguely recall the first time a crown was
awarded for it... possibly by Karen Vanderpool? Perhaps our archivist
knows since he knows everything else about the game.

On nomenclature I have thought there should be a term for a definition
that wins simply by being so outrageously fake. And on a semi-related
theme Fernando Gelbard's definitions come to mind for consistent
political incorrectness though I think they rarely scored well.

Jim

Steve Dixon August 10th, 2011 09:47 PM

OT: Dixonary Ancient History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jim Hart (Post 68480)
And to reply to myself...

I haven't seen the verb "to benner" for quite a while. Dixoning
obviously lives on, and I vaguely recall the first time a crown was
awarded for it... possibly by Karen Vanderpool? Perhaps our archivist
knows since he knows everything else about the game.

On nomenclature I have thought there should be a term for a definition
that wins simply by being so outrageously fake. And on a semi-related
theme Fernando Gelbard's definitions come to mind for consistent
political incorrectness though I think they rarely scored well.

Jim

Ah, there you go, Jim. Fernando! There is a piece of history worth delving into. Whither Fernando (or Ferdinand Sanz, as he was alternately known)? Who here knows when/why he left the game? Is anyone still in touch with him? One of the funniest people alive!

sd

Daniel Widdis August 10th, 2011 11:25 PM

Re: [Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
Or someone else can read the archives the archivist put together.

First use of "crown" in reference to a Dixon appears to be in round 579,
with Vince Risi (the last player to have Dixoned) telling Dan O'Connell
(the latest Dixon): "Do I now get the chance to pass on the Dixonary Crown
to you." Although there appeared to be some confusion after that
statement so while Dixoning was well established prior to that, its
association with a crown might not have been, or have just been starting.
However, it clearly was so associated within a few dozen rounds later.

Karen Vanderpool clearly mentions it in round 600 with her woid
announcement: "Please send the defs by *e-mail* or *private* posting in
reply to this message, unless you want to wear the heavy Dixon Club
President's Crown." Stu Lieber followed up in Round 601 with a similar
warning: "Make sure you send it e-mail, and not public - or we'll all
laugh at you, and you'll have to wear this funny virtual crown till the
next round."

Mention of the crown continues through the 600's, with increasing comments
about its bejeweled-ness, and Karen Vanderpool its apparent custodian to
hand out to the current wearer.

--
Dan




On 8/10/11 5:16 PM, Jim Hart wrote:
>
>I haven't seen the verb "to benner" for quite a while. Dixoning
>obviously lives on, and I vaguely recall the first time a crown was
>awarded for it... possibly by Karen Vanderpool? Perhaps our archivist
>knows since he knows everything else about the game.

Steve Dixon August 11th, 2011 06:15 AM

Posts: n/a Default Re: [Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
That's right! "To Dixon" (face gets red) is to send ones defs by open message. I think I did that three or four times in the first few rounds I tried to play.

Jeepers, it's a checkered past I have in this game.

sd

Jim Hart August 11th, 2011 06:50 AM

[Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
Steve:

> Whither Fernando (or Ferdinand Sanz, as he was alternately known)? Who here knows when/why he left the game? Is anyone still in touch with him? One of the funniest people alive!


Just ask Google - he knows him well. And his friend Youtube seems to
be fairly well acquainted too.

Jim

Dodi Schultz August 11th, 2011 09:07 AM

Re: [Dixonary] Dixonary Ancient History
 
Steve Dixon wrote:

> Fernando! There is a piece of history worth delving into. Whither Fernando (or Ferdinand Sanz, as he was alternately known)? Who here knows when/why he left the game? Is anyone still in touch with him?
>


Wayne Scott was in touch with Fernando, I believe—for a while, anyway; I
know they were friendly and had gotten together in person (in CA) at
least a couple of times. Not in recent years, though, AFAIK.

Wayne died five months ago; he was 89.

—Dodi


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