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Tim Walsh -- Toy Expert
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About: Interview author and game designer Tim Walsh on the resurgent popularity of board games! Tough economic times force people to 'nest' and choose a 'staycation.' At home, they rediscover the value of board games. Board-game sales climbed 6 percent in 2008, while overall toy sales were down 3 percent. The first half of this year, game sales are up 10 percent. Walsh recognizes a historical precedent: Monopoly came out during the Depression, and Trivial Pursuit hit it big during the recession of the early '80s. Another factor he cites for booming game sales is a backlash from the superficial world of the Internet. 'Online, we are connected to everyone, but close to no one,' Walsh says. 'People realize that gathering around the table over a great game connects them to those who matter most: friends and family.' Walsh shares his top five games of the year and toy stories galore.
Richard Gottlieb -- Toy Industry Expert
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About: Richard Gottlieb is a globally recognized toy industry commentator and C.E.O. of Global Toy Experts, a toy industry consultancy. He has been interviewed by hundreds of global media outlets, including ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, the New Yok Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Richard appeared in the History Channel documentary, 'Christmas Through the Decades 1960s' and 'Christmas Through the Decades 1970s. He also appeared in 'A Lego Brickumentary.' Richard's clients have included Hasbro, D.C. Comics, Radio Flyer, Warner Brothers, Rubik’s Cube, and Rockstar Games. Richard co-produces the annual Toy Talks Forum in Shenzhen China and has spoken at toy industry events in Brazil; Hong Kong; China, Germany, Denmark; Croatia; New York; Los Angeles; and Chicago. Richard is the Publisher of Global Toy News, a magazine of commentary on the business of play and is the author of a book, 'Ambassador to the Kingdom of Wal-Mart.'
Stevanne Auerbach -- Dr. Toy's Guide
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About: Dr. Stevanne Auerbach, Dr. Toy's Guide, www.drtoy.com, is professional play and toy expert, popular media contributor and author. Dr. Auerbach was founder/director of world's first museum to promote play and history of toys, The San Francisco International Toy Museum. Author 16 Books- Dr. Toy's Smart Play/Smart Toys:How to Select and Use The Best Toys and Games (4th edition USA,12 countries); Toys for a Lifetime; The Toy Chest, Choosing Child Care, and others. Produces annual reports-'Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products', 'Best Vacation Products' , 'Best Classic Products','Best Green Products' and 'Best Picks.' Dr.Toy's articles appear in The Huffington Post.
 

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