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Gathering 4 Gardner - Celebration of Mind 2010

Sjaak, Joy, Ben, Me, Hans-Friedrich, Tim, Will, Klaus, Vladimir, Vaidas

It’s amazing what happens when people gather who share a common interest.  October 21, 2010 was the inaugural G4G – CoM, the event to celebrate Martin Gardner and what would have been his 96th birthday.  It was an overwhelming success.  There were over 66 parties on five [...]

Gathering 4 Gardner - Celebration of Mind

Martin at Home Dec 2009

As you know Martin Gardner passed away on May 22, 2010.  I wrote about my own reaction in an earlier post.  That post was a direct result of me calling my friend, Mark Setteducati, and expressing to him my deep sadness with Martin’s passing and not knowing how to deal with it.  [...]

Martin, I will miss you.

On Saturday, May 22nd, I found out that Martin Gardner had passed away.  I was devastated.  My heart broke.  My friendship with Martin is one of the greatest treasures of my life.  I couldn’t believe that I was no longer going to be able to call him up when I wanted to talk or to plan [...]

more G4G9!

It’s hard to believe that’s it’s been a month since the Gathering.  I have so much to write about my incredible trip to California that I just got back from but want to finish my posting on G4G9 first, two more should do it!

First, I had the unexpected pleasure of meeting Neil Bickford.  Ed Pegg Jr. [...]

More Incredible People from G4G9

I’ve been reading other blogs on the Gathering 4 Gardner 9 and it is amazing what each of us takes away from this conference.  Of course for me, it’s mainly the people I meet but also the things I learn.  I can’t possibly write about all the people and incredible conversations I had yet here are a [...]

Inventors at G4G

I was pleased to connect with many inventors at G4G this year.  I have collected puzzles and played board games for as long as I can remember.  I also was an avid user of both in my classroom when I was a teacher.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to first meet Bill Ritchie.  And now it [...]

Oh The People You Meet!

What an incredible time I had at Gathering 4 Gardner 9.  It was amazing.  My first G4G8  in 2008.  I remember thinking then how could this experience get any better?  Now I know how – the people.   Since I started working for ThinkFun in 2007, I have come to know many in the international puzzle community.   [...]

Going to the Gathering 4 Gardner!

Do you have mentors in your life who have inspired you?  I have been fortunate to have had many people help me become the person I am today.  First, my parents.  My mom has taught me that an independent woman can do anything she sets her mind to.  My dad was a mathematics teacher who [...]