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  • - [Narrator] Solitaire is one of the most popular

  • computer games of all time,

  • and we went to find the guy who created it.

  • (tires screech)

  • (doorbell rings)

  • - Yes, may I help you?

  • - [Narrator] Are you the person that wrote

  • solitaire for Microsoft?

  • - Yes, but that was a long time ago.

  • - [Narrator] We gotta talk.

  • Can we come in?

  • Great, thank you.

  • (cheerful music)

  • ('80's pop music)

  • - [Narrator] Alright, this is Wes.

  • - I'm Wes Cherry, and I wrote Windows Solitaire.

  • I wrote the game in 1988 as an intern.

  • Internships at Microsoft were really an all

  • encompassing thing, but I squoze it in there

  • in the few little hours of my free time.

  • - [Narrator] For those who need a refresher,

  • Solitaire was played on the computer using a mouse.

  • Cards are pulled from the deck in an effort

  • to stack cards in order by suit.

  • And if you won, you got an awesome display of cards

  • cascading towards you.

  • - [Wes] I came up with the idea to write

  • Solitaire for Windows out of boredom, really.

  • There wasn't many games right at the time

  • so we had to make them.

  • In the mid to late '90's was just when people started

  • really getting computers in their home.

  • Microsoft officially said that Solitaire was there to

  • teach people how to use the mouse.

  • But, in reality it was just really just

  • something to have fun with.

  • Before they ever released Windows,

  • of course Bill Gates got a shot at it.

  • His biggest complaint was that Solitaire

  • was too hard to win.

  • - [Narrator] And once people figured out the mouse

  • it became a favorite past time.

  • - The number of hours wasted on Solitaire

  • is really countless.

  • I can say that right after Solitaire was released in 1990

  • there was a world recession.

  • - [Narrator] So many people were playing it in the workplace

  • that Wes came up with what he calledthe boss key.”

  • - Press the special key and a spreadsheet was come up,

  • so it made it look like you were doing real work.

  • But, Microsoft made me take it out.

  • - [Narrator] Considering this game

  • has been around for decades,

  • you must have made a ton of money.

  • - I was not paid not a single cent.

  • At one time I said if I only got a penny per copy

  • I would be very rich.

  • So far, only 14 people have made good on that.

  • I'm still waiting for the rest of you.

  • - [Narrator] Well, you heard the man.

  • Do you still work with computers?

  • - I work with Apple now.

  • Apples, actually.

  • And I own a cidery.

  • (crunching)

  • - [Narrator] Ah, Wes,

  • there's something behind you.

  • Wes, run!

  • (pounding)

- [Narrator] Solitaire is one of the most popular

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Meet the Intern Who Wrote Solitaire for Microsoft

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    Samuel posted on 2018/04/25
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