Nolan Kay

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Nolan Kay was born in Clearfield, Utah back in 1943.  He enrolled at the Utah State University in 1961, transferring to the University of Utah College of Engineering graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.  During his college years, he worked at Lagoon Amusement Park and for Litton Guidance and Control Systems.

While working at the amusement park, he saw customers mainly at the midway arcade games.  This of course got him to thinking and as they say the rest is history.  In 1972, he and Ted Dabney started their own business.  Maybe you’ve heard of it Atari? 

In any respect, what you may not know is that he sold it to Warner Brothers for 28 million.  Nolan Kay Bushnell also opened another business you may have heard of Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. 

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray I can remember those days of atari in the early 1970's....

Atari 2600 - Wikipedia

May 20, 2020 04:25 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well you can sure say his business adventures sure paid off.

May 20, 2020 04:41 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nolan had an eye for entertaining people. Enjoy your day!

May 20, 2020 05:09 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... our grands loved Chuckie Cheese... my husband spent many an hour with them there.

May 20, 2020 05:25 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, I definitely spent some time on an Atari when I was a kid and I loved going to Chuck E Cheese!

May 20, 2020 05:55 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - unlike Brian England I don't recall ever playing Atari or spending time at Chuck E Cheese. Amazingly, I also don't feel I have "missed" much in that regard.  

The subject of Chuck E Cheese did come up in a conversation yesterday.  I wonder how child's play will change in the future.  Well, I wondered for a minute. . .

May 20, 2020 06:06 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Thankfully not a fan of the game or the pizza parlor, so no!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 20, 2020 06:13 AM #7
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Diverse business interests, never had Atari, but have unfortunately been to some Chuck E cheeses with grandchildren.

May 20, 2020 06:28 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Nolan sure had a diverse spectrum of businesses and talents...

Happy Wednesday James Dray 

May 20, 2020 07:10 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Many kid's birthdays celebrate at Chuck E Cheese.  Wishing you a great day and lots of smiles. A

May 20, 2020 07:20 AM #10
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I had not heard his name before James Dray but I was awesome at atari back in the day. I have not seen a Chucky Cheese for decades... are they still around?

May 20, 2020 07:21 AM #11
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wow, video games and bad pizza...this guy just might be my son's biggest hero  :)

May 20, 2020 07:39 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - that was another great story of this information age.

May 20, 2020 08:05 AM #13
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Now there is a person that had a great purpose to keep working and do lots of things.  Wonder what he does now.


May 20, 2020 09:48 AM #14
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

Now I have a name to go with the games and pizza place that my kids loved when they were young!

May 20, 2020 10:10 AM #15
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

May 20, 2020 10:58 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nolan Kay Bushnell (born February 5, 1943) is an American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain. Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations Restaurant News “Innovator of the Year” award, and was named one of Newsweek‍ ’​s “50 Men Who Changed America.” Bushnell has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. He is currently on the board of Anti-Aging Games, but his latest venture is an educational software company called Brainrush that is using video game technology in educational software, incorporating real brain science, in a way that Bushnell believes will fundamentally change education. Nolan, who is co-founder and chairman of Brainrush, believes that Brainrush will be his biggest success.[4]

Nolan is credited with Bushnell’s Law, an aphorism about games “easy to learn and difficult to master” being rewarding.


May 20, 2020 11:01 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I can remember going to a few children's parties at Chuck E Cheese's .

May 20, 2020 12:14 PM #18
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Wow, that's a walk back in time. I certainly remember the Atari - our kids loved it. And we spent plenty of time when our kids were little at Chuck E. Cheese's. They are still around and there is one not far from my house!


May 20, 2020 09:02 PM #19
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