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SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE NAMES WILLIAM 'POTATO' FIGUEROA NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR NEW GAME; PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR 10/19

 SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE NAMES WILLIAM 'POTATO' FIGUEROA
 NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR NEW GAME; PRESS CONFERENCE SET FOR 10/19
 ALAMEDA, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectrum HoloByte Inc. today named William Figueroa -- the 12-year-old who made potato and Dan Quayle synonymous -- as the national spokesperson for its Wordtris(TM) spelling game. The game is currently available for personal computers and scheduled for a Dec. 1992 release on the Nintendo Super NES and GameBoy. A press conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 at Spectrum HoloByte's Alameda offices. Figueroa will be available for interviews and photo opportunities throughout the day.
 Last June, Figueroa rocketed to fame after he corrected vice president Dan Quayle on the proper spelling of the word potato. Following Quayle's election-year gaffe, Figueroa, a sixth grader at Munoz Rivera Elementary School in Trenton, N.J., found himself thrust into the media spotlight. Figueroa's local and national media appearances included a guest spot on "The David Letterman Show."
 As its national spokesperson, Spectrum HoloByte has asked Figueroa to help promote Wordtris as an action-packed game with an educational twist. The game, based on the company's popular Tetris(R) product, has players form words from letter blocks as the blocks fall from the top of the screen. A 50,000-word dictionary in Wordtris will recognize words with three to nine letters, including, of course, potato.
 Beyond his duties as spokesperson, Figueroa will also take part in Spectrum HoloByte's "Potato Challenge" sweepstakes promotion to appear in the January 1993 issue of Gamepro magazine. With a circulation of a quarter-million readers, Gamepro is widely considered the number-one independent magazine for video-game players.
 Founded in 1986, software publisher Spectrum HoloByte is a recognized leader in interactive entertainment. Chief among its product line are Tetris, the famous game of falling blocks and Falcon(R), the ultra-realistic F-16 flight simulation. Spectrum HoloByte games can be found on all computer and game-machine formats. The company has also licensed from Paramount Pictures the name and characters from the popular television series "Star Trek(R): The Next Generation(TM)." Spectrum HoloByte is a privately held corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Byron or Judy Biletnikoff of Spectrum Holobyte, 510-522-3584 or 510-522-3587 (FAX)/ CO: Spectrum Holobyte ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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