You may or may not know Jim Ward. He worked for TSR early in its history, writing the first Deities & Demigods book as well as overseeing much of the launch of 2nd Edition. He wrote the original Gamma World and created the first Dragonball Z CCG. More recently, he served as president of Fast Forward Entertainment and has written several books for Troll Lord Games.
The point of this is that he's been in the gaming industry almost since its inception and is currently having health problems, so if you can spare a few bucks, go here.