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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Dan Lee is the director of the Pittsburg Scrabble Club NASPA

  • Scrabble started with family for Dan Lee, director of  Pittsburg Scrabble Club NASPA.



    “We always played as a family growing up at home,” he said Saturday during a lull in play at a club meeting.

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  • Scrabble started with family for Dan Lee, director of  Pittsburg Scrabble Club NASPA.
    “We always played as a family growing up at home,” he said Saturday during a lull in play at a club meeting.
    A 1966 Pittsburg High School graduate, he grew up, got a job and was a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for 17 1/2 years.
    “I retired on Christmas Eve, 2003, in Columbus,” Lee said.
    He got back into Scrabble after his retirement, thanks to his oldest niece.
    “She sent me some Scrabble software, then I got to wondering if there’s something like a pro tour of Scrabble, and there is,” Lee said, adding that he played in the 2005 National Scrabble Tournament.
    He also started going to Neosho, Mo., to attend the club that Dr. Wil Dabbs started there, but that club folded in 2010 and Dabbs now comes to Pittsburg to play.
    Lee and his brother started the Pittsburg club in February of 2005, and it recently celebrated  its eighth anniversary.
    “There were four people at that first meeting, including me, my brother and my niece,” Lee said.
    His brother is still active in the club, though he was unable to attend Saturday because of his work.
    “He gets really busy during tax season,” Lee said.
    “Dan’s mother supplied cookies for refreshments,” said Megan Corrigan, a club regular.
    Lee said that there are probably four or five players who have been coming since the club started, but anyone is welcome, including those who have never touched a Scrabble tile before and want to learn the game.
    Scrabble players can improve their game by studying up on words, which may be more fun than trying to figure out the problems facing the U.S. Postal Service. Lee says he saw the problems coming, but doesn’t know how to fix them.
    “I don’t think cutting out Saturday deliveries will help, because you’re just setting yourself up for overtime on Monday, so what have you saved?” Lee said.

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