What do play, The DaVinci Code, multiplying rabbits, double-entry bookkeeping, and Roman numerals have to do with discovering the secrets of the universe or at least have to do with finding an easier way to do arithmetic?
Have you ever thought about what rats have in common with comedy club audiences? No? I hadn’t either until I met neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp and some of his students.
In high school I often worked as a caddy, hitchhiking to a golf course in the morning. (Oh, weren’t those the carefree days.) Flat rate for eighteen holes paid $1.75 for carrying a kangaroo bag with a fifth of scotch stashed in the pouch; if you carried double the rate jumped to $3.50. I used to play golf, too, on the free days when courses accommodated their toilers. And the two facts are not un-connected; it was caddying that cured me of golf.
“This is a moment of opportunity and responsibility for The Strong. As stewards of the history of play, we must expand our spaces and our reach, amplifying what we do in a modern context to show the transformative impact we have on our community and the lives of people around the world.”
“It is unlike any other museum— it is so much more. There is a reawakening about the importance of play, and The Strong is essential to our understanding of how we all benefit from play.”