Childhood Friends Locked In Game Of 'Tag' For 23 Years

Ten friends originally from Washington have been locked in the same game of 'tag' for the past 23-years. Brian Dennehy and his pals spoke to the Wall Street Journal about their relentless game, which began on the campus of Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington.

Earlier this month, Dennehy began his new job as chief marketing officer for Nordstrom Inc - the upscale fashion retailer. Though he has no particular interest in corporate security, the first question he asked colleagues was "How hard it is for a nonemployee to enter the building?" Why? Because he feared his friends would catch him off-guard and make him 'it'. The men in their 40s moved apart to new cities, had families and made new friends, but they're willing to travel huge distances to carry on the game. Players have been tagged at work and in bed - they form alliances and fly around the countries, enlisting their wives as spies and assistants. "You're like a deer or elk in hunting season," says Joe Tombari, a high-school teacher in Spokane.

One February day in the mid-1990s, Mr Tombari and his wife got a knock on the door from a friend. "Hey, Joe, you've got to check this out. You wouldn't believe what I just bought," he said, as he led the pair out to his car. 'Tag' player Sean Raftis was hidden in the trunk of a Honda Accord, having flown in from Seattle. When the trunk was opened, he leapt out and tagged Mr Tombari, whose wife was so shell-shocked she tore a ligament. 

Remember Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels' long runing game of tag in Dumb & Dumber?


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