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Barry Popik (b. 1961) is a rated chess master and administrative law judge who has also run for political office. Barry Popik was born in 1961 and raised in Rockland County, New York. He is a Manhattan resident since 1988. A chess master is a chess player of such skill that he can nearly always beat players of the general strength found in chess clubs, who themselves typically can nearly always prevail against the level of play generally possessed by the average player in the general population. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rockland County is a county located in the state of New York. ... State nickname: The Empire State Official languages English Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Clinton (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 13. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Popik was a candidate for election as Manhattan Borough President on the Republican Party and the Liberal Party of New York lines. Popik received more than 44,000 votes but finished second to Scott Stringer, who received more than 200,000 votes. Stringer spent more than $1.5 million on his election campaign, whereas Popik spent less than $10,000. Popik's showing is respectable in a heavily Democratic city where the Republican Party did not even bother to run candidates for Comptroller, Public Advocate or District Attorney. Republican Party is a name used by many political parties. ... The Liberal Party of New York is a minor American political party active only in the state of New York. ...


Popik is an administrative law judge of parking violations. He is also a contributor-consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary, Dictionary of American Regional English, Historical Dictionary of American Slang, and the forthcoming Yale Dictionary of Quotations. He is recognized as an expert on the origins of the terms "Big Apple," "Windy City," "hot dog," and many other food terms; he is an editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.


OCCUPATION: Administrative Law Judge: Department of Finance, NYC Parking Violations 1990-present The finance minister is a cabinet position in a government. ...


CONSULTANT: Oxford English Dictionary Dictionary of American Regional English Historical Dictionary of American Slang The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a comprehensive dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). ... The Dictionary of American Regional English is published by Harvard University Press. ...


EDUCATION: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY B.S. Economics 1982, B.S. Management 1982. J.D. Touro Law School, Huntington, NY, 1985. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a university in Troy, New York, near Albany, founded in 1824 by Stephen Van Rensselaer. ... Walls of the excavated city of Troy (Turkey) Troy (Greek Τροία Troia also Ἰλιον; Latin: Troia, Ilium) is a legendary city, scene of the Trojan War, part of which is described in Homers Iliad, an epic poem in Ancient Greek, composed in the 8th or 7th century BC, but containing older...


PUBLICATIONS: Barry Popik was profiled in one the chapters of the book. “The banana sculptor, the purple lady, and the all-night swimmer: hobbies, collecting, and other passionate pursuits.“ (2002).


Senior Consulting Editor, Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2004). Co-author, Origin of New York City's nickname "the Big Apple" (forthcoming 2006). Consulting Editor, Yale Dictionary of Quotations (forthcoming 2006).


NEW YORK CITY BLOG: Founder/Author of the popular The Big Apple NYC Online Dictionary www.barrypopik.com .


HOBBIES: Chess master. Traveler to nearly 100 countries. A chess master is a chess player of such skill that he can nearly always beat players of the general strength found in chess clubs, who themselves typically can nearly always prevail against the level of play generally possessed by the average player in the general population. ...


Books

  • Studies in Slang: Part VI ISBN 0820443778

External Links

  • Barry Popik for Manhattan Borough President website
  • USCF Chess rating for Barry Popik

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The New York Times > New York Region > The City > The Voice: Shaking 'The Big Apple' Out of History's ... (594 words)
Popik's specialties is New York, and his crowning achievement was tracing the nickname "The Big Apple," along with Gerald Cohen, a professor of languages at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Popik, 42, has fought for recognition even though the finding is listed in The Encyclopedia of New York City.
Popik's chagrin, the misnomer is mentioned on the Web site of the Big Apple Fest, an exhibit of apple sculptures scattered around the city through Oct. 15.
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