This (probably deceased) man seems to be the somewhat elusive author of the following:
*New Fun Encyclopedia: Sports and Outdoor Fun (1985)
* Old Fashioned Fun and Games (1978)
*Games of Many Nations (1955)
* PHUNOLOGY: 1000 Games and Entertainment Plans (1951)
*Recreation for Adults (1942)
*The Fun Encyclopedia: a Comprehensive All-Purpose, Entertainment Plan-book for the Home Club School Church and Playground (1940)
*Recreation for Youth (1932)
*Parodology: Songs for Fun and Fellowship (1920)
At one time he was a Member of the Board of Education of the Methodist church. During this time (1948), he wrote an article for the Journal of Educational Sociology titled, "The Church and Recreation."
Below is an excerpt:
"A sound philosophy for church recreation involves the following items:
I. Recreation must be considered as an integral part of all that
the church is trying to do for people. It is no "side show."
2. The conception of recreation must be broadened so as to include much more than the playing of games. It takes in all of the cultural and creative activities that modern recreation leaders are now including in their programs for leisure-time guidance. It includes reading, music, art, drama, the chance to converse with friends, the thrill of a creative hobby, the song of a cardinal, enjoying a lovely sunset, a quiet moment of worship, working in a garden, a trip through the woods, the fellowship of a friendly game, the fun of a sports program, and a thousand other joys.
3. Recreation should be considered as a necessary element in the scheme of living. It therefore becomes essential that one's use of time should be so managed as to include recreation in the schedule. Otherwise life becomes lopsided.
4. Recreation has physical, mental, and moral values that make it an indispensable aid in the church's program.
5. Recreation has a definite service to perform in a machine dominated world that stifles creativity.
6. Properly conceived and promoted recreation is an effective instrument for developing character and personality.
7. Its value in developing a spirit of friendliness and esprit de
corps makes it a necessary part of the church's program.
8. Individuals of every age level require normal opportunities
for wholesome leisure-time occupation. Denied these opportunities the chances are increased for cheap and harmful recreation getting a strangle hold on the life of the individual and the community. Therefore, the church program of recreation must include all age groups--children, youth, adults.
9. Recreation is no bait, trap, or "come-on" to attract people to the church. When such use is made of it the highest and best purposes are defeated and the program is cheapened.
10.The church has a responsibility for helping people to make an intelligent use of leisure time. Society, caught in the drive of modern high-pressure living, suffers because of a poverty of ideas of what to do in time not required in making a living. Froth and tinsel are glamourized by those who would make gain out of the people's free time. "The battle is on," said Stuart Chase, "between those people who know something of the high values of life and that high-pressure fraternity that would fill life full of jumping jacks." Therefore, people are confused. They need help. They do not need preachments so much as they need opportunities to practice and taste the things that are good in recreation. Only in this manner can they develop an adequate sense of values. The church, the school, and every agency interested in human welfare must team together to make possible these experiments in abundant living. A scheme of education, either inside or outside of the church, which does not prepare people for this intelligent use ofleisure is stupid."
**Contact your local library if you want a copy of the entire article!