publication date: Friday, January 25, 2019 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Games

clue: This recently deceased Italian-American man was the landlord to the right people (a video game company) in the right city (Seattle) at the right time (the early 1980s) to get an iconic character named after him.

explanation: Segale inspired the name of the character Mario in Donkey Kong, who went on to become Nintendo's mascot. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk


Similar Goos

james Rolfe

The personification of classic video game anger. Gen X Nintendo nerds relate to his brand of critical humor. Go »

Todd Howard

As the director of a popular long-running fantasy series, he would have a reputation as one of the elder statesmen of video games, if a recent high-profile flop had not made his reputation radioactive. Go »

Laurie Metcalf

She's played some very different mothers in movies -- to some screaming teens, a ladylike bird, and a few anecdotal toys -- but her most famous role is a rosy sitcom sister. Go »

Kamala Harris

Now that she's in the race, California's former top cop might arrest Trump's progress in 2020. Go »

Douglas Corrigan

Crossing the Atlantic had already been done but always on purpose. Go »

Chance the Rapper

Maybe this is totally random, but with a bit of luck, I think you might make a serendipitous correct guess of this rapper, who gave much of his fortune to the schools of his native Chicago. Go »