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    Posted on February 14th, 2010 keving 3 comments

    Chicago Tribune December 11, 1987 Friday, SPORTS FINAL EDITION

    Copyright 1987 Chicago Tribune Company

    Now you can pretend you’re Carl Lewis, and you won’t even have to get a funny haircut.

    Bandai America Inc. of Allendale, N.J., has come out with “Stadium Events,” the second in a series of game cartridges in which people can participate.

    The game cartridges are used in conjunction with the company’s Family Fun Fitness control mat, which hooks into a Nintendo Entertainment System, which, in turn, connects with your TV set. It’s much easier than it sounds.

    Here’s how it works: The control mat is covered with large circles. You run in place on two of them. As you run, a computer-produced figure runs on the TV screen. As the little video guy approaches the hurdles on the screen, for example, you jump. The little man jumps, too. Jump late, or hit the wrong dot, and your little video man takes a dive and skins his little video legs.

    “Stadium Events” features the 100-meter dash, hurdles, long jump and triple jump. You can compete alone or against a computer opponent or another person running on the control mat.

    The Nintendo system is about $80. Bandai’s basic set-the control mat and a game cartridge-is $70 to $80. “Stadium Events” is about $30. It’s a small price to pay for fun, exercise and the chance to really bug the neighbors.

     
    Evidently neighbor-bugging is an activity in high demand these days.
     
    (Thanx to Mr. Cifaldi)