About the Inventor


Photo of Jim Rader

Photo Credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Jim Rader (photo above) invented the game now called Quipto® decades ago, when he was 31 years old. In his long career, Jim was employed as a farmhand, factory worker, part-time literary researcher, editor and writer for book publishers, social worker and teacher. He has also worked as a counselor, primarily with people with disabilities, prisoners, and Vietnam veterans.

For most of the years before his retirement, Jim worked as an aide to Mayor and then Congressman (now Senator) Bernie Sanders; he served as City Clerk of the city of Burlington, Vermont, and as a Congressional caseworker / constituent advocate.

Jim, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Jim's wife Meg

Jim, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Jim’s wife Meg in 2017

Since retirement Jim has worked part-time as the coordinator of the Vermont State Rehabilitation Council. He is currently a part-time field producer for Town Meeting TV/ Center for Media & Democracy in Burlington.

In addition to being an inventor (several inventions; two U.S. patents), Jim is an amateur poet and hiker, bicyclist, and gardener. He has been married for 35 years to Margaret (Meg) Pond; they have five children and eight grandchildren.