"Thaddeus and Kevin have put together an authoritative account of one of America’s most beloved pastimes. If you’ve ever been even remotely interested in the real story behind the game of Skee-Ball, this is it."
Seeking Redemption • The Real Story of the Beautiful Game of Skee-Ball is a timeless story of a start-up, beginning with the unlikely inventor, Joseph Fourestier Simpson, and featuring all of the classic struggles and triumphs. But it is also a story of how this beloved game of Skee-Ball survived two world wars, recessions and depressions, industry transformations, technology revolutions and legal wrangling to thrive for over 100 years. Skee-Ball morphed from its' origins as "A Man's Game" to become a fascinating game for everyone. It survived patent wars, clone competition, and the threats of bankruptcy and obscurity to emerge once again as a best selling iPhone app, and be resurrected for modern amusement venues by Bay Tek Games, Inc. redesign in 2016.
This book is a treasure for history buffs as well. Meticulously researched from primary sources, lavishly illustrated with original photographs, letters, papers and documents, it allows the history to speak for itself in an engaging and readable way. Not just the story of the game, it is a unique view into the universal human struggles for redemption and recognition, and a salute to the eternal inventiveness of the human spirit.
Thaddeus O. Cooper, co-author of Seeking Redemption, played Skee-Ball as a child at the Jersey Shore. His fond memories of the Jersey Shore growing up and his rediscovery of Skee-Ball on the iPhone led to an unexpected journey into the history of the beautiful game of Skee-Ball.
Thaddeus lives with his wife and two cats, Mao Mao and Dorian, in the San Francisco Bay area.
Kevin B. Kreitman, co-author of Seeking Redemption, played Skee-Ball as a child at Riverview Park and was recently reacquainted with Skee-Ball at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk while working on the book.
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