Jerry Slocum is an American historian, collector and author specializing on the field of mechanical puzzles. Prior to retiring and dedicating his life to puzzles, he worked as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft. His personal puzzle collection, numbering over 40,000 mechanical puzzles and 4,500 books, is believed to be the world's largest.
Slocum's first book, Puzzles Old and New, published in 1986, was the first comprehensive book to include all types of mechanical puzzles with hundreds of color illustrations of antique puzzles. In the introduction Martin Gardner predicted that the book would "remain a classic for decades."
In 1993, Slocum founded the Slocum Puzzle Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on puzzles, through puzzle exhibitions, publications, communications, and collecting.
Slocum also founded the International Puzzle Party (IPP) in 1978, an event dedicated to discussing, showing, and trading, mechanical puzzles. The first eight International Puzzle Parties were held in Slocum's Beverly Hills living room, and then evolved into an annual by-invitation-only event rotating between North America, Europe, and Asia.
Slocum has appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, Martha Stewart Living and eight other nationwide TV shows.
Slocum has authored or co-authored more than 12 books on the topic of puzzles, including the award-winning Puzzles Old and New published in 1986 and the best-selling The Puzzle Arcade published by Klutz books in 1996.
-Jerry Slocum (Wikipedia)