About the Inventor

James E. (Jim) Rader invented the game now called Quipto® almost 50 years ago, when he was 31 years old. For more about how he got the inspiration for this invention, check out his article by clicking on the tab, “About the Game Quipto®”.

In a long career, Jim was employed as a farmhand, factory worker, part-time literary researcher, editor and writer for book publishers, social worker, teacher, and as a counselor, working primarily with people with disabilities, prisoners, and Vietnam veterans.

For 18 of the final 22 years before his retirement in 2004, 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, from 1982 to 1993, and as a Congressional casework / constituent advocate from 1993 t0 2004.

Since retirement he has worked part-time as the coordinator of the Vermont State Rehabilitation Council (2007-2009) and currently as a field producer for Town Meeting TV / Center for Media & Democracy in Burlington.

In addition to being an inventor (several inventions; two U.S. patents on his game), Jim is an amateur poet and, of course, a game developer and puzzle master. He has been married for 35 years to Margaret (Meg) Pond; they have five children and eight grandchildren.