It was all over the news today that chess legend Bobby Fischer has passed away at age 64 in Iceland. Aside from his chess prowess, Fischer later became known for his anti-American and anti-Semitic sentiments, even though his own mother was Jewish.
So what’s the tie to LA?
In 1982, Fischer published a pamphlet called, “I Was Tortured in the Pasadena Jailhouse!”, which chronicled his experiences regarding his arrest on May 26, 1981 after being mistaken for a bank robber. Fischer said that the police treated him brutally and that a bank robbery wasn’t the real reason for his arrest. It’s quite a fascinating read.
In the end Fischer may be remembered as both a genius and a nut job, but his mark on the world of chess will not be soon forgotten.