About Terry Stickels
Author and speaker Terry Stickels has dedicated his life to the pursuit of improving one's mental flexibility and creative problem solving skills . . . and making it fun. His books, calendars, card decks and newspaper columns are filled with fun and challenging puzzles that stretch the minds of even the best thinkers.
Stickels is well known for his three internationally syndicated columns. FRAME GAMES, seen in USA WEEKEND magazine, is read by over 48,000,000 people in 600 newspapers weekly. He concurrently writes STICKELERS for King Features, appearing in over 200 newspapers daily. This column appears in such papers as The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun – Times, The Denver Post, and The Toronto Star. He also is the featured puzzle columnist for The Guardian newspaper, London’s largest newspaper.
He still finds time to create his yearly calendar as well as books for both kids and adults. You may see his puzzles on the back of Kellogg's Raisin Bran or on a Universal Studios web site featuring a movie such as A Beautiful Mind, where he created the most famous IQ quiz in internet history. This was followed by three successful books requested by the high I.Q. society MENSA.
Not only in demand in the publishing world, Stickels is sought after as a public speaker. His keynote addresses are fast paced, humorous looks at the ability (and sometimes lack thereof) to think clearly. Using puzzles as mental warm-ups, he immediately engages the audience into interactive fun where he guides them to self-discovery of the power of their minds. It doesn't take long before it becomes clear that it isn't as difficult as one may have guessed to augment those powers . . . and maybe have a little fun doing it.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Stickels created his first puzzle at age 11. He and friend Tom Pyper, now a well known attorney, were looking for something to do one summer after their little league baseball games were continually rained out. Tom's mother handed the boys a puzzle book and Stickels was hooked on logical thinking and a lifelong pursuit of having fun with puzzles.
He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a football scholarship and graduated with a major in geography and minor in natural sciences. It was while tutoring students in math and physics at UNO that he saw the advantages of using puzzles to assist the students in understanding certain concepts in these disciplines. Puzzles offered the perfect non-intimidating approach in aiding students to become better thinkers.
After years of creating puzzles, Stickels was asked to write a weekly puzzle column for a twelve - newspaper syndicate in Rochester, New York. After two years his puzzles caught the eye of Sterling Publishing in New York and his first book MINDSTRETCHING PUZZLES became an immediate hit and is still selling well to this day. This book was followed by ten more puzzle books all dedicated to having fun exploring the powers of the mind. His popular FRAMEGAMES puzzles are still featured on kids' television shows in Upstate New York. New York Times' crossword editor Will Shortz's uses some of Stickels' more mathematical puzzles on his popular Weekend Edition radio show heard weekly on National Public Radio.
Not only are Stickels' books used for fun worldwide, such austere bodies as THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS praise his books as important aids in assisting students in learning how to think critically.
Terry is a member of the following organizations:
-- One in a Thousand Society (OATH)
-- The International High I.Q. Society
-- The Epimetheus Society
Stickels currently lives and puzzles in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is putting the finishing touches on two books to be released later this year.
What Others Say About Terry Stickels
"Terry Stickels puzzles are perfect brain stimulators for young and old alike. They're fresh, varied, and well thought-out and they build problem-solving skills that are useful both academically and in everyday life."
Crossword Editor, The New York Times
"Terry Stickels has joined the ranks of top popularizers of mathematical problems. His puzzle collections are highly recommended for their novel approaches and fresh ideas."
Writer and Past Editor of the Scientific American's Recreational Mathematics Column
"Because of my work in creative thinking, I read many puzzles and puzzle books. I've found that the difference between the right puzzle and the almost right puzzle is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Terry Stickels' puzzles are the 'lightning.' I'm a big fan of his work."
"Terry Stickels is one of the most gifted puzzle writers, authors, and speakers it has been my pleasure to know. He has generously provided us with his time and talents in creating unique and challenging material, for our MENSA projects.”
National Marketing Director, MENSA
"One measure of success for today's classroom teacher is the number of opportunities provided for his or her students to engage in active, genuine thinking. Terry Stickels' latest work may be his best collection yet of just those kinds of thought-provoking activities, designed specifically for the educator interested in finding effective ways to foster creativity and turn young minds on."
Timothy J. McNamara
New York State Recipient, Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Teaching
"The most noteworthy features of Mind-bending Puzzles are its fresh approach to problem-solving and the originality of the puzzles."
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Mathematics Teacher Magazine