The Canadian Toy Association

Edward Werner

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It was in late 1979 and early 1980 that four unique personalities combined to create a phenomenon that changed the board game world forever.

It was the combination of Scott Abbott and Chris Haney, two good friends and Montreal News business colleagues, that got the dice rolling on December 15, 1979, when they collaborated on the basic idea for the Trivial Pursuit game. Shortly after, two former university friends, John Haney, Chris’s brother and Edward Werner, were added to the team.


Scott, a native Montrealer, received a BA in psychology at McGill University and an MS in communications from the University of Tennessee. Scott was famous for his encyclopedic memory and his passion for sports, especially hockey. Chris and John grew up in Welland, Ontario. Chris, with a larger-than-life personality and iconoclastic view of life, gravitated to photography and became the youngest photo editor ever at The Canadian Press in Toronto and later Montreal. John attended Colgate University in upstate New York, where he met Ed. John then spent five years in Europe playing hockey and travelling. His artistic bent and engaging personality was the glue to the group of four. Ed was a rugged hockey defenceman at Colgate and later a corporate and labour lawyer in St. Chatherines, Ontario. His business acumen and negotiating skills were a key ingredient to the group’s success.





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