Ever since we moved here nearly four years ago, Marie and I have shared an office. It wasn’t much – a table from Ikea about six feet long and a couple chairs along one wall in the guest room. Marie’s days were spent at the offices of 8th & Walton, Jeff’s company. I occasionally needed
For 55 years Clapper Publishing has provided America with low-cost ideas for every season and every reason. This was widely recognized and often as Christmas neared, shows sought to share our expertise with their viewers. This clip from the Phil Donahue Show was one of our favorites:
In the 80s and 90s Clapper Publishing ventured into television – with shows on both PBS and cable stations. Although the shows were well received and had a substantial following the costs were extremely high. About that time, the internet was blossoming and we concluded that our resources were best devoted to this exciting new
Build-A Products paid for groceries but little else. Mom and Dad, now in their early thirties, wanted to create something with a future. Mom had proven to be a guru full of ideas for turning empty boxes, egg cartons and plastic bottles into gifts, games and toys. Could they make a living from that? Yes.
I was only ten years old when my parents, Edna and John Clapper, published the first issue of Pack-O-Fun magazine, but I can still recall some of their adventure. That they knew nothing of publishing is an understatement. * * * Dad’s family lived in Minnesota and had been hard hit by the depression. His