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Join Tennis for Two's Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration

Today, October 24, Brookhaven's Instrumentation Division and Media & Communications Office invite the Lab community to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Tennis for Two, one of the world's first video games. In 1958, Brookhaven scientist William Higinbotham, a nuclear physicist who had worked on the Manhattan Project and lobbied for nuclear nonproliferation, designed Tennis for Two to liven up a Brookhaven Lab open house. Festivities will include a video game arcade where you can play Tennis for Two as well as a tour of Brookhaven's Instrumentation Division, where Tennis for Two was created.

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Play Tennis for Two

The video game arcade will be in the lobby of Bldg. 400 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Come play Tennis for Two, Nintendo's Wii and a collection of other games dating as far back as 1976. While you are there, enter a free raffle to win an Atari video game system replica and other prizes.

See Where Tennis for Two Was Created

Meet in the lobby of Berkner Hall at noon to take a tour of Brookhaven's Instrumentation Division, where Tennis for Two was invented in 1958 and new electronic marvels are still designed and built today. The tour will include a look at state-of-the-art particle detectors, microelectronics, printed circuit boards and microfabrication, and will conclude at the video game arcade in Bldg. 400.

For more information on Tennis for Two, click here.

Come celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of another great innovation from Brookhaven Lab - Tennis for Two, one of the world's first video games.

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