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Wham-O, 2018

WHAM-O’s irresistible toys have practically defined childhood for generations, bringing kids and adults together indoors and out. Go inside the wacky walls of WHAM-O! Includes over 150 color pictures, archival photos and advertisements across 192 pages. With behind the scenes stories and interviews, a comprehensive company timeline, and a robust list of references and sources for further exploration, this may possibly be, “The Most Fantastic Book Ever Created by Science!” Learn the magic that made toys like Hula Hoop, Frisbee, Superball, Slip 'N' Slide, and Hacky Sack so unforgettable.

“Best Gift Books of 2008. Tim Walsh's picture-heavy history... will provide a nostalgic kick for Mom and Dad, an object lesson in geek enterprise, and, for Junior, the seeds of the next million-dollar idea...” 

— John McAlley, NPR

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of WHAM-O, I worked with the legendary toy company to update my book from 2008 with three new chapters! Buy the new digital version here!

Timeless Toys Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them by Tim Walsh. Published by Andrews McMeel
Andrews McMeel, 2005

A celebration of classic toys and a tribute to the people who brought them to life, Timeless Toys  covers 100 years of playthings and offers a delightful look back at many childhood favorites.

"An illustrated compendium of America's 20th-century favorites."

– Cynthia Crossen

The Wall Street Journal

"(A) loving roundup of playthings that were invented long ago and cherished still."

– Gene Shalit, Today Show

"Rare indeed is the reader who will be able to resist perusing this hefty, sweet-natured book that presents the history of dozens of classic toys....    This is the kind of book you give to one person and find the whole family reading."

– Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

"Timeless Toys represents one of the finest documentaries and displays of modern toys ever written. Author Tim Walsh, a successful toy inventor himself, reveals a world of commerce, toys, and wonder that is equally fun, fascinating, and nostalgic."

Right Brain Red: 7 Ideas for Creative Success by Reyn Guyer, inventor of Twister, Nerf, Winsor Learning and Wrensong Music. Co-written by Tim Walsh

I've been friends with Reyn Guyer since I interviewed him for my first book, Timeless Toys, in 2004. I knew him only as the leader of the teams who created the iconic Nerf line of toys and the Twister line of games. I soon found out that there was much more to Reyn Guyer than foam balls and vinyl game mats. In 1985 he launched a music company that won a Grammy and today has nearly 50 charted singles in country and pop music. In 1994 he started an educational publishing company and now sells his reading system in 1,800 school districts across the US.


I was honored when Reyn asked me to help him organize his ideas about entrepreneurism and creativity. The result is Right Brain Red: 7 Ideas for Creative Success. In this book readers will learn concrete ways to create and recognize opportunity and be inspired to make their own ideas a reality. 

Interested in having me present Right Brain Red  to your organization? CONTACT ME!

River Grove Books, 2016
© 2016 The Playmakers
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