Tetris Men

Last night, I got to meet and shake the hand of my programming idol, Alexi Pajitnov! Let me tell you how it happened.

My wife and I and a group of friends went downtown last night to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. The police stopped traffic for the block party.

We met by the pier and had a few drinks. Last call for the block party was 10pm. But we weren’t done for the night so I suggested that we go to Dragon to hear some live music.

I led the charge as we snaked through the crowds. Then I caught sight of a distinguished gray beard and a floral hat to my right. It was Henk Rogers! He brought Tetris to Nintendo. I didn’t want to bother him but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to thank him for bringing Tetris into my life.

I shook his hand and thanked him. Then he looked ahead of us and gestured saying, “Guess who else is here?”

I turned to see where he was pointing and I was face to face with Alexi Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris. I was so happy I fan’d out hard and asked my wife take our picture.

Check out this video to learn the awesome history of this soviet embroiled video game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhwNTo_Yr3k

Author: David Neely

Professional Software Developer. Technology and Web Coordinator at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Career Center.