Mature Gaming

mature person's guide to kites, yoyos,frisbees, and other childish diversions

The Mature Person’s Guide to Kites, Yo-yos, Frisbees and Other Childlike Diversions
Dickson
1977

This book is aimed at adults and supposedly talks about all sorts of games and quasi sports. Most of the book is dedicated to Frisbees, Yo-Yos, and Kites. There are lots of photographs and illustrations. The book itself is less than 200 pages, plus a few more with diagrams for paper airplanes and kite construction. It is not in depth, and frankly not that interesting. Game history could make a great topic for a library collection. This book barely even scratches the surface in some topics and in others there is not enough.

I am not sure it would have been a good purchase back in the day.

Mary

 

back cover

starters for play

marbles

frisbee

frisbee for women

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6 comments

  1. I Googled this book to see what was being censored on the cover. The black bar covers the tail of the kite.

    1. If you see a black bar it is because I am covering up identifying library information. I don’t want to cause trouble for any particular library or single out anyone since weeding can be a touchy subject. Mary

  2. ISTM that the mature person would have grown up playing with marbles, tiddlywinks, kites etc. My parents certainly did, and they were in their 50s when this book came out. The generation after them played with most of those things, too.

    You might have had to teach Grandma the rules of Ultimate Frisbee back then, but on the whole, everyone under 60 in 1977 knew most of this and wouldn’t have needed the book. So I also wonder if it was such a good acquisition.

    A book with the same content aimed at today’s kids would be a much better replacement. When’s the last time you saw a bunch of 8 year olds playing tiddlywinks?

    1. I’m obviously not down with the kids anymore, ISTM is what our information equipment department uses to track complaining end users.

  3. This book is not awful 😛 it’s got really good resources for kite building I used it to have the best kite in my class for a kite building assignment in High School (20 years ago). I also used the paper air plane instructions ALL THE TIME. Now I wish I still had it – I don’t think I’ve seen it in years!

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