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  •  "Don't Drop The Soap" Background and Timeline (6+ / 0-)

    On Jan. 22, 2008, Kansas City Star entertainment columnist  Hearne Christopher Jr. broke the story Gov. Sebelius’ son’s board game is about prison life.

    For most people, dropping the soap is little more than an exercise in clumsiness...

    As opposed to the — wink, wink — joke about dropping it in a prison shower. Now, courtesy of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ son John Sebelius, it’s a board game called Don’t Drop the Soap. The unusual game more-or-less makes its world premiere Jan. 31 at — where else? — Hobbs in downtown Lawrence...

    How outrageous is it?

    "Fight your way through six different exciting locations in hopes of being granted parole," the box reads. "Escape prison riots in the yard, slip glass into the mob boss’s lasagna in the cafeteria, steal painkillers from the nurse’s desk in the Infirmary, avoid being cornered by the Aryans in the Shower Room, fight off Latin Kings in Gang War and try not to smoke your entire stash in the Hole."

    So what influences from a buttoned-down Democratic upbringing led to a sexually charged board game with gang names like Zulu Nation, Texas Syndicate and Nazi Lowriders? A game that stipulates that "a guard finds you after you sold him some bad crack. Lose a turn and 50 packs" or "You slipped in the shower. Big mistake. Proceed to infirmary"?

    For one, mom Kathleen. She "actually went undercover into one of the jails to see how prisoners were treated," several years back, John says. "She actually was strip-searched and everything. She was in there for a few days." John invented the game three years ago as a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.

    On January 26, 2008, the Topeka The Capital-Journal ran a news story Sebelius' son sells game out of Cedar Crest.

    "Don't Drop the Soap," a new, adult-themed board game based on life in prison, is being sold out of the Kansas governor's mansion.

    Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and her husband, Gary, support the efforts of their 23-year-old son John Sebelius in creating and marketing the game, Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran said Friday.

    "Kathleen and Gary are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent," Corcoran said. "He began this game as a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he's now turned into an entrepreneur."

    John Sebelius sells the board game and hand-designed men's and women's apparel on the Web site at of Gillius Inc., for which he is chief executive officer...

    "This game is intended for mature audiences — not children — and is simply intended for entertainment," Corcoran said.

    She said Kathleen and Gary Sebelius think their son's work is interesting and creative, especially the shirts he designs by hand.

    "They're proud of the fact that he had an idea and took the initiative to get a trademark, copyright his work and incorporate," she said. "He sought legal advice to be sure he followed proper requirements, and he even took out a loan on his own to pay for the production of his work."

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