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Bananagrams Inventor, Abe Nathanson, Passes Away

Abraham Nathanson, inventor of Bananagrams and founder of Bananagrams, LLC, passed away Sunday morning at his beachfront home at Bonnet Shores, R.I., surrounded by family. He was 80 years old.

In 2006, Nathanson, affectionately known as Abe, created Bananagrams at the age of 76. His new venture was launched with the help of his daughter, Rena, and her children, Aaron and Ava. In 2009, Bananagrams won “Game of the Year” at the Toy Industry Association’s Toy of The Year (TOTY) Awards. The company’s other games include Zip-It, Fruitominos, Oh-Spell!, Pairs in Pears, and Appleletters.

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