Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian."
Bill Thompson, III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest , the popular bimonthly magazine that has been published by his family since 1978, and the author of the best-selling book Bird Watching For Dummies . His articles on bird watching have appeared in books and magazines including National Gardening .nbsp; Bill is a frequent guest on bird and nature radio shows.nbsp; He also is a Director of the Ohio Ornithological Society and a longtime member of The American Birding Association.nbsp; Bill's favorite bird watching is done near the 80-acre old farm he shares with his wife and kids outside Whipple, Ohio.