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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Crossword Puzzle Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
No weapon forged against ye shall prosper.

Birthplace

Born:
4/7/1960
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Crossword Puzzle Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
No weapon forged against ye shall prosper.

Birthplace

Born:
4/7/1960
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Crossword puzzle artist, Timothy Parker was born on April 7, 1960, in Baltimore, Maryland, to a family of ten children. Spending the first part of his life in an extremely poor neighborhood, Parker and his family later moved to a nicer neighborhood as his father's business grew.

However, improvement in his family's status could not compare to the wealth of his classmates at the prestigious Gilman School, a boys preparatory school in Baltimore that he received a scholarship to attend. Parker excelled in both academics and sports, playing baseball and football. In fact, by the age of sixteen the Pittsburgh Pirates recruited him, but his parents refused to let him go. In 1978, Parker was attending the University of Maryland in College Park majoring in economics.

Following graduation, Parker worked for a local tire retailer for a number of years before taking a position with Bridgestone/Firestone in 1987, as a store manager. At Bridgestone/Firestone, Parker rose steadily through the ranks. However, he eventually hit the glass ceiling, which led him to quit his job and to pursue a dream of creating crossword puzzles.

In 1996, he sequestered himself away in his room and began to develop an interactive crossword programmed with Java that was fun, intuitive and easy to use. The Universal Crossword would become the web's first syndicated crossword puzzle. In fact, according to Guinness World Records, Parker is the world's most syndicated puzzle compiler of today. As the CEO of Master Puzzles, Inc., Parker works with Java programmers and puzzle masters to set the standard for all online puzzles. They not only make the daily Universal Crossword, but also the entertainment, sports, financial and music editions.

In his personal life, Parker is still a passionate baseball fan and an amateur writer. He is also an assistant pastor at Baltimore's Tabernacle of Deliverance Christian Center and is pursuing his M.B.A. at the University of Maryland.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Timothy Parker interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Timothy Parker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Timothy Parker recalls his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Timothy Parker relates how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Timothy Parker lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Timothy Parker remembers growing up in poverty
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Timothy Parker describes the culture shock of being at the Gilman School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Timothy Parker discusses his family's attitude towards his private school education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Timothy Parker recounts winning a scholarship to the prestigious boys school, Gilman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Timothy Parker details his envy of the rich students at Gilman School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Timothy Parker recalls bonding with the other black students at Gilman School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Timothy Parker details how the faculty at Gilman School worked to make him comfortable
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Timothy Parker describes his childhood hopes and dreams
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Timothy Parker recalls his first months at Gilman School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Timothy Parker details how his parents kept him from becoming a major league baseball player
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Timothy Parker discusses his academic performance at Gilman School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Timothy Parker describes the influence of race relations on his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Timothy Parker discusses racism at the University of Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Timothy Parker recounts his early career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Timothy Parker remembers how he became interested in creating puzzles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Timothy Parker recalls how he created his Internet crossword puzzle program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Timothy Parker details the sensational success of his Internet crossword puzzle program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Timothy Parker explains the role of faith in his success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Timothy Parker shares how his puzzles are created
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Timothy Parker reflects on his success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Timothy Parker ponders the future of his career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Timothy Parker hints at his revenues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Timothy Parker explains why his puzzle is successful
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Timothy Parker discusses the other games he developed
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Timothy Parker reflects on his workload
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Timothy Parker discusses his level of acceptance
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Timothy Parker shares his game show prototype
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Timothy Parker says seize the day
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Timothy Parker discusses the consumer demographics for his puzzles
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Timothy Parker shares his career aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Timothy Parker illustrates the reaction to his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Timothy Parker reflects on his personality
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Timothy Parker relates his hopes for the future of the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Timothy Parker ponders his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his wife, Giselle, 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his niece, Sherry, 1972
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Photo - Timothy Parker's wife, Giselle, and daughter, Brooke, 1982
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Photo - Timothy Parker and his wife, Giselle, on their wedding day, 1981
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Photo - Timothy Parker with Frank Safar, Nashville, Tennessee, 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his brothers, Jerry and Steven
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Timothy Parker cracks the computer code to create crossword puzzles online
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his daughter, Brooke, 1982
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his cousin, Kay, and brother, Steven, ca. 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Timothy Parker's family and friends
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his cousins, 1976
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his cousins
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Timothy Parker with news anchor, Dan Rather and others, 1995
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Press sheet for Timothy Parker's 'Universal Word Search'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records, ca. 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his siblings, 1976
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his wife, Giselle, Beverly Hills, California, November 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Timothy Parker with his mother and father, 1973