Do Games Shape Our Future?

Mark Rosenzweig's upcoming column for the February 2010 issue, We Need Another A.C. Gilbert,  takes a look back at fun games from the 1940s and 50s. Specifically, erector sets and a Chemical Magic kit complete with the tools and chemicals to conduct your own experiments.

Traci PurdumThinking back to my youth, I remember how excited I was when I received a hand-me-down typewriter. I could barely spell my own name but I pecked away at the keys for hours pretending I was writing the Great American Novel or some breaking news story. In fact, this picture proves I was bitten by the journalism bug early. It may be hard to see, but my hat says "Press."

I still have that typewriter. It is displayed in my office to remind me of the passion I have for writing. Every once in a while I take off the protective cover and type a few words just to remind myself of how far I've come. The smell of the ribbon and oil from the moving parts takes me back.

What sparked your interest as a child? And are you in a field that is related to your early play experiences?

Traci Purdum,
Senior Digital Editor