Well Jay, you and I don't see eye-to-eye, but here's something you perhaps should consider. None of these beloved 'grandfathers' ended up with very much control over the pastime they initiated. Nor did they invent that pastime in a vacuum. In fact, they invented it among a lot of other people who DID wind up with a lot more control than these grandfathers, who aren't depicted sitting around in obesity.
These may have wound up this way because in fact they weren't very bright, they were just four somewhat imaginative, ordinary college students that started something that quickly grew too big for them, who afterwards were able to live very soft, largely purposeless lives playing a game or indulging themselves however they wished because they didn't have to earn hard livings that would have kept them trim and healthy.
Perhaps we should stop mythologizing these people and simply see them for what they are. Fat do-nothings who got lucky.
Did anyone, I wonder, notice that both posts I wrote today were about the same thing?
According to this post, these four were not who I presumed them to be, according to this post. Sigh. Twice this week I've had a research error. Somehow, I don't feel bad this time, since the four people who were quoted in the post I linked earlier were Dave Trampier, Aaron Aalston, Tom Moldvay and 'Gary' - presumably Gary Gygax. And this is who I meant in my reply.
No. I did not pick up on the fact that these were not the four in the picture, because I do not know what the four guys in the post look like. I couldn't pick Aalston out in a line-up if my life depended on it. Gary I only vaguely remember from his 60 Minutes interview. I never cared about any of these people, so I didn't have posters of them on my wall.
I just feel awful about that. My original statements, however, directed towards failures at the art of holding onto or improving their own creations? Those stand.