Scott G. Eberle is Vice President for Play Studies at The Strong and Editor of the American Journal of Play. An intellectual historian, he has developed dozens of exhibits for The Strong museum, lectured widely on historical interpretation, and contributed to the Journal of Museum Education, Death Studies, and History News. He is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of four books, including Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame: A Celebration of the Greatest Toys of All Time! He is currently coediting the Handbook of the Study of Play, and he regularly contributes blogs to Psychology Today.
Patrick Goold is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Virginia Wesleyan College. His research focuses on the philosophy of sports, rationality, and practical rationality. In addition to numerous articles, his publications include Modern Philosophy—From Descartes to Nietzsche: An Anthology, of which he is coeditor. An avid sailor, he is also coeditor of Sailing-Philosophy for Everyone: Catching the Drift of Why We Sail.
Gwen Gordon is an artist, filmmaker, and play consultant in California. She has designed and built Muppets for Sesame Street Workshop, assisted in research at the MIT Media Lab, and consulted with Xerox, PARC, and IDEO. She served as creative director for a PBS pilot that won five Emmy Awards and is currently producing the documentary Seriously! The Future Depends on Play.
Thomas S. Henricks is Distinguished University Professor at Elon University. His interests as a sociologist include social theory, modernization and change, popular culture, social stratification, race and ethnic relations, and, particularly, play and sports. His numerous publications include Disputed Pleasures: Sport and Society in Preindustrial England; Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Pleasure; and Selves, Societies, and Emotions: Understanding the Pathways of Experience.