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A TRIBUTE TO THE “FATHER OF VIDEO GAMES”

 
 
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“Coming up with novel ideas and converting them into real products has always been as natural as breathing for me.”

— RALPH BAER 1922-2014, INVENTOR of the game “simon”

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Welcome To #BaerSquare

 

The Baer Bench Commemorative Square was built in the Spring of 2019 as a place to remember Baer’s story, inspire current thought-leaders in our community, and to celebrate the future of Manchester. 

The Square features a bench and a seated bronze statue of the late Ralph Baer, which was rendered through innovative digital modeling techniques to create a 3D printed form for casting.

When you visit Arms park, be sure to play some cornhole, visit Deka’s welcome center and, of course, see the statue! Take a selfie on the bench and share your photo with the hashtag #BaerSquare to show some love for this Downtown attraction. You can also check-in on Facebook.

 

So, Who Was Ralph Baer

During the year of 1966, in a small home in the North End of Manchester, NH, an engineer by the name of Ralph Baer invented the first video game. His patented "Brown Box," later called “Odyssey,” pioneered the concept of interactive screens and spearheaded the evolution of digital entertainment. With more than 150 patents awarded to him throughout his life, Baer’s whimsical approach to innovation has brought smiles and laughter to millions.

 
 

Ralph’s “Brown Box” was built in 1968

Ralph was working for Sanders Associates

Ralph was working for Sanders Associates Now known as BAE Systems, during 1966 when he first envisioned a more interactive relationship between man and machine. His "Brown Box," built in 1968 and patented in 1969, was licensed to Magnavox and sold as Odyssey - the world's first video game. For his contribution to the industry, Baer is now widely-accepted as the "Father of the Video Game.” He has been awarded the National Medal of Technology, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He passed at 92 after living in Manchester, NH for 42 years. 

 

Ralph Baer had a passion for technological advancement, the prosperity of the Manchester community, and trail-blazing creativity.

 
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Plan Your Visit

Experience a unique tribute to the “Father of the Video Game.”

10 Arms St. Manchester, NH 03101

You can find the square near the edge of Arms Park on the Merrimack River in Downtown Manchester.

This project came at a great time! The bench and statue was installed after the Manchester Connects AARP Community Challenge Grant provided additional outdoor furniture and a permanent cornhole installation.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Baer's son, Mark, worked with the Hitchcock family and John Clayton of the Manchester Historic Association to execute this square. Kate Aiken kickstarted the fundraising, while Amy Chhom managed the installation and unveiling.

 

 

THIS PROJECT

Wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you so much for your commitment to the development of our community.

 

SPONSORS

PLATINUM LEVEL

BAE Systems | Orbit Group

Gold Level

Bookery Manchester

Bronze Level

Manchester Arts Commission

Benefactor Level

Fun Spot, Computer Spiele Museam, St. Mary’s Bank

Flight, SNHU, Aspen Insurance Agency and Manchester Historic Association

 
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