Endorsements / Well Wishers / Advisors
Ralph H. Baer
"Father of the Video Game" in 1966 Ralph made a revolutionary invention: the video game - many of them. He is noted for his many contributions to games and the video game industry. In 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology for inventing the home console for video games and spawning the video game industry. In 2005, he recieved the "Legend Award" for his work in the development of video games. www.ralphbaer.com/
"Thank you for inviting me to participate. The program looks most interesting and I would be happy to join contributors...Thanks again and keep up the good work."
President Barack Obama
Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. "But there's one last ingredient that I just want to mention, and that's parents. We can't do it just in the schools. Parents are going to have to show more responsibility. They've got to turn off the TV set, put away the video games, and, finally, start instilling that thirst for knowledge that our students need." Obama/McCain Debate #3 08'.
"Barack Obama's personal message and support of "The Gaming Krib" ..."Thank you for all you do!"
2008 National Teacher of the Year - Oregon Science Educator Named National Teacher of the Year at White House Ceremony. President George W. Bush congratulates 2008 National Teacher of the Year and Oregon’s 2008 State Teacher of the Year, Mike Geisen, in the Oval Office on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. Mr. Geisen is a teacher at Crook County Middle School in Prineville, OR.
"Your ideas about learning and using software and an interactive system to achieve it are innovative and hold a great deal of promise...as National Teacher of the Year, I wish you the best of luck with your endeavor, and thank you for the way you're meeting kids where many of them learn!"
Founder of Wikipedia - Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur known for his role in the creation of Wikipedia, a free open content encyclopedia, in 2001. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, holding the board-appointed "community founder" seat. In 2004 he founded Wikia, a privately owned free web hosting service.
"I wish you well, it sounds like you have a good group."
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates believe every life has equal value. In 2000, they created the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help reduce inequities in the United States and around the world.
"We wish you all the best."
Jason Smith, CEO - Teacher Tube goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. They seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers.
"Very impressive...I am certain that gamingkrib.com will be a success. Best of luck to you and thanks! My mind is racing with many ideas of what gamingkrib.com could do to transform how parents get involved, how teachers teach and how students learn. You are really onto something and it sounds like something that I would like to be a part of - Jason. "
Throughout its history, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has partnered with corporations and foundations at the local and national level to support our mission to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
"Best of luck to you and thanks !"
Hal Halpin is an American computer game executive and entrepreneur. He is perhaps best known as the founder of the video game industry's retail trade association Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) that merged with VideoSoftware Dealers Association (VSDA) to form Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA), Gamejobs and GamePolitics. Halpin is currently the president of the Crest Group, a consulting company serving the video game industry.
""I am flattered and honored (to be invited to the Gaming Krib)...It does sound like a very worthy effort...Keep up the good work!"
Shannon M. Davis
Founder and CEO of "Beyondmotherhood, is an new niche job board that connects employers with the "untapped" workforce, stay at home moms.There are thousands of educated and experienced moms nationwide looking for part-time flexible opportunities, and Beyondmotherhood.com wants to connect them with employers. Register today at beyondmotherhood
"I was thrilled to find your site! What a fabulous tool you’ve created for children, teachers, and parents!!! ...we have moms nationwide that would be VERY interested in your site."
Henry Jenkins is the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of nine books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture.
"...Thanks for the invitation. It sounds interesting...Good luck with your project."
Founder, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Amazon.com. He was named TIME magazine's Person of the Year in 1999.
"...we wish you success in building the company."
Founder, CEO of donorschoose.org., and a social studies teacher for five years. Charles thought up DonorsChoose.org during a lunch conversation with colleagues, and his students volunteered to help start the organization.
"...wishing you the very best of luck."
Jay Cotton invented Kali, the world's largest Internet gaming network enabling Internet play of the most popular multiplayer games for over Million's of users/players, on more than 600 servers in 65 countries - www.kali.net
"Hey...you must be facing some of the same issues I face at home. I have a 13 years old who is obsessed with AIM/facebook/MySpace messaging. I'm regretting ever allowing it in the house...a solution like this would help. I think she'd totally freak out if I installed this at home. :)"
Dr. Dave Walsh
National Institute on Media and the Family - www.mediafamily.org
"I am very interested since I believe that technology can be used to balance kids' screen time with strategies to motivate and teach. There is a growing concern about the impact that the amount of time that kids spend in front of screens on health, fitness, social skills etc. Thanks for the invitation. I am interested..."
Wikipedia - Considered the #2 person by Wired magazine at Wikipedia after Jimmy Wales, and now CEO of www.veropedia.org
"I have quite a bit of experience in various media (film, tv, Internet), and worked on several international projects...I also have many years of experience in informal and museum education, which, I believe, can help this project."
President and CEO at Pitsco - www.pitsco.com
"I am flattered to have been asked to be involved …My best to you and your cohorts as you launch your new venture."
Dr. Thomas Phelan
Author of the best-selling, awarding winning 1-2-3 Magic Parenting Program, is an internationally renowned expert and lecturer on parenting and Attention Deficit Disorder - www.parentmagic.com/
"Your idea is a very intriguing one and it will be interesting to see if it flies. The advantages are, as you mentioned, decreasing useless tech involvement for kids and increasing exposure to educational experiences. Yours sounds like a good idea. Let us know how it goes."
Piyush Patel is the CEO of Digital-Tutors, an innovator and leader in video-based training for emerging digital artists. The award-winning educational solutions developed by the team of educators and industry professionals at Digital-Tutors are currently being used by students, professionals, universities, and production companies from across the globe. www.digitaltutors.com
" I would be interested in helping your organization."
Owner of The Sandbox Summit, Robin Raskin.com; Yahoo Tech; A Parents' Guide to College Life;
"I'd love to hear more about what you're doing and see if there's something I can add to the project. Do you have time to talk...?"
Tiger Woods Foundation
The Woods Foundation provides access to critical developmental programs for youth. Youth are encouraged to explore their interests and career aspirations in an inspiring and supportive environment at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. Achieving goals and reaching dreams is the focus of their nationwide character development program. The Foundation is giving youth the skills to lay their own groundwork for the future and they say to the Gaming Krib... - www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org
"...we do wish you great success with your site!"
A writer for The New Yorker and fill in host of Charlie Rose
Ken has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker Magazine since 1992. He is the author of eight books, including four national bestsellers: Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed And Glory On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman; his The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Super Highway, and his most recent book, World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies, were national business bestsellers - www.kenauletta.com
"Your effort seems, on my quick examination, to be important...good luck."
NY Yankee player and writer
Jim Bouton in 1963 won 21 games for the New York Yankees and made the all-star team. In 1964 he won 18 games and beat the Cardinals twice in the World Series. In 1969 he wrote Ball Four, the funny, controversial, all-time bestseller that revealed baseball players as human beings. Ball Four was recently selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "Books of the Century." The latest update, titled Ball Four: The Final Pitch, is now entertaining a new generation - www.jimbouton.com
"Good luck with your company."
Lawrence Taylor (LT)
NY Giants Football Player and Actor
NY Giants first round pick, second player overall, 1981 draft... Great intensity, speed, strength fueled attack style... Redefined the way outside linebacker position was played... Named All-Pro first nine seasons... All-NFC ten times... 10 Pro Bowls... NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1981, 1982, 1986... Second all-time in career sacks at retirement... Named to NFLs 75th Anniversary Team, 1994... Football Hall of Fame 1999.
"Mike, great idea! The Gaming Krib is going to "tackle" one of our societies biggest problems...Good luck with your products and I support your efforts - let the games begin!"
NY TIMES Best Seller Writer/teacher
Randy Pausch (The last Lecture) was a professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher, and has worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA), and Walt Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the non-profit Alice project. He also co-founded The Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon. He passed away in 2008 due to cancer, although not a well wish or endorsement, a great advisor to many of us...his words to The Gaming Krib were::
"Just no time - Randy"
David's work includes The Feeling Life among other books and articles in national and international journals, as well as presenting at national and international forums and conferences. David found ways to link all the basic ingredients of his interests together into a single string of theories or ideas: Romanticism, Imagination, healing through psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and finally the role of abstract art in what he has come to refer to as "The Feeling Life".
"You are filling a need that is only going to become more and more necessary as our use of and access to the internet grows. The need is an invaluable one and I wish you success for all our benefit."