ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades

♦ ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, Vol. I (1968-2004) – $39.50 plus shipping & tax
(Vol. I is reprint of “ULTIMATE–The First Four Decades”)


♦ ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, Vol. II (2005-2018) – $39.50 plus shipping & tax
(Purchase of Vol. II includes free download of Vol. III eBook when published)


♦ ULTIMATE–The First Five Decades, Vol. I & II (1968-2018) – $79.00 plus shipping & tax
(Purchase of Vol. I & II includes free download of Vol. III eBook when published)


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Vol. I (1968-2004)
(reprinted version of “ULTIMATE–The First Four Decades” – 208 pages)
• Introduction
• Chapter 1. The Birth of Ultimate (’68-’74)
• Chapter 2. First National Championship (’75-’79)
• Chapter 3. The Creation of the UPA (’80-’87)
• Chapter 4. Ultimate Heats Up (’88-’94)
• Chapter 5. Ultimate Settles Down (’95-early ’05)
• Chapter 6. Leagues Take Flight
• Chapter 7. WFDF and International Expansion
• Chapter 8. Looking Ahead
• Appendix

Vol. II (2005-2018)
(new book – 208 pages)
• Recap of Vol. I
• Introduction
• Chapter 1. Ultimate Plants Its Feet (’05-’09)
• Chapter 2. Divergent Visions Take Root (’10-‘13)
• Chapter 3. Competing Priorities Bloom (’14-mid-’18)
• Chapter 4. Local Disc Organizations and Leagues
• Chapter 5. Equity & Diversity in Ultimate
• Chapter 6. WFDF and World Overview
• Chapter 7. Where Does Ultimate in the USA Go Now

Vol. III eBook
(to be published Mar. 2019)
• Introduction
• Chapter 1. The Disc
• Chapter 2. Rules & SOTG
• Chapter 3. Hall of Fame


Who Created Vol. II and III?

It takes a village to publish books like these. Fortunately the ultimate community is the perfect place to ask for and find all the help you need.

I hope you like how the book looks because it takes amazing talent and a huge amount of effort to produce a great looking coffee-table style book. And Jason Wedekind is the perfect guy for the job. His company Genghis Kern Letterpress & Design in Denver is a ‘magic shop’ where ideas go in and beautiful results come out.

I also hope you like all the photos in the book. You wouldn’t believe how much time, effort and creativity it takes to find and select them. But the ultimate village had the perfect person – William ‘Brody’ Brotman.

Of course the core of a history book is the words. Writers start with research, then interviews, then racking their brains how to develop a story worthy of the people who lived them, and then comes the hard part… putting words to paper (or computer). The book writers all live in the ultimate village, and they all understand how wonderful our sport is and how important it is to document the history so it is not lost:
Kevin Cramer                William ‘Bunny’ Bartram        Will Deaver                     Dan ‘Stork’ Roddick Kyle Weisbrod              Heather Ann Brauer                 Suzanne Fields              Isaac ‘Ike’ Saul
Michelle ‘Chip’ Chang              Robert ‘Nob’ Rauch

Then comes the work to smooth out the chapters so the book tells an interesting story rather than seem like unconnected bits of writing. That’s the job of the editor. Steve Sullivan has been doing it for a long time, and this book benefitted from his talents.

Before the book is ready for the printer, the technical work of finding all the errors falls on the copyeditor and finally the proofreader. Elisabeth Bowman is the best copyeditor I’ve ever known. And Madeline Barbier was a real find to do the final proofreading. Last comes the index thanks to the team at Scholarly Indexing.

Please join me in thanking all these people. But before you turn the page, there is one more group in the ultimate village that made this book possible – the financial backers. Without Andrea ‘Andy’ Cummis, Chris Fletcher, David Leiwant, Doug Propp, Robert ‘Nob’ Rauch, Dan ‘Stork’ Roddick, Henry Thorne and Geoff West these books would not exist.

Joe Seidler, Publisher

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