Thursday, December 31, 2020

Is This Barima Opong-Owusu?

So, here's another puzzle from the old TSR in-house newsletter RANDOM EVENTS, this time from the March 1982 issue. The lead article for this one is a first-hand account of what it's like to live through a coup. While the credit is in an odd place, the author seems to be Barima Opong-Owusu of Ghana. I assume Opong-Owusus was a TSR employee at the time,* or else he probably wdn't have been contributing to the employee newsletter. But what role he played in the company I have no idea. Not, I suspect, in the R&D/rpg department, or else I'd have expected to have come across the name at some point, even though it was long before my time.

What surprises me most, given how lily-white a company TSR as I knew it was, that a decade earlier there had been not one but two people of color on staff.

--John R.

*this is suggested by his statement that he wrote up the piece at the request of Jeff Perren

1 comment:

John D. Rateliff said...

Hi there!

Sorry to say I accidently deleted your comment to my post. Can you resend?

Yes, I agree the odds are that this is the same man, given that he was at UWM (and had a wife named Yvonne). And while there's less proof about the other, his having been at Marquette gives him a provable tie to the area. I'm still curious about what each did in his time at TSR. If I knew what post Jeff Perren held at the time that might help.

If I find out I'll make sure to post it here.

--John R.