Howard (Skip) Knuttgen is editor in chief of the Blackwell Encyclopedias of Sports Medicine and also the first person to nominate a library for our new book, Heart of the Community: The Libraries We Love.
I met Skip through Peter Saugman, who was running the Blackwell Scientific offices on John Street in London where I had my first job in publishing. I was a student at UC Santa Barbara at the time, and the temp agency I went to straight from the airport sent me to Blackwellâ€™s for what was supposed to be a two-week stint. But I stayed all summer, and returned the next, and worked there again a few years later, right up till my first baby was due.
Peter and I met again at Frankfurt a couple of years ago and he has become an important advisor, especially as we plan international ventures. Because of our extensive work on sports, he suggested I meet Skip Knuttgen, who is senior lecturer in the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. We have quite a Scandinavian connection between us (Peter is half Danish and Skip’s wife has a Swedish passport, and Skip himself speaks both Danish and Swedish). Skip’s not only nominated the Gleason Library of Carlisle, Massachusetts, but has told me where I can buy Scandinavian Christmas treats and gifts. Here’s how he described his library: “A wonderful small collection is housed in an immensely attractive building. The staff members are as friendly and helpful as any that I have experienced.”