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"Welcome to the home of INVENTION MYSTERIES. Here you'll find the 2 books that I wrote -- which make great Christmas presents -- along with information on our syndicated newspaper column, NIE materials and also the TV and radio versions of the Invention Mysteries stories."

~ about the author

About the Author:

11 things you probably didn’t know about Paul … 

  1. Paul is the youngest of 7 kids.
  2. Paul is a redhead, as are 4 of his 6 siblings.
  3. In 1998, he invented “The Impeachment Card Game,” back when Bill Clinton was getting impeached.
  4. He played hockey in college at the University of Kentucky. Yes, they have hockey in Kentucky.
  5. He has a male horse named Bo, and a female horse named  Bo Peep. They look identical, they are not related to each other. 
  6. His middle name is Dominic (Paul – not the horse).
  7. He could say the alphabet backwards at age 4, and made his first 25 cents by doing this for his cousin who was babysitting him at the time. He went on to lose the 25 cents.
  8. He taught at Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Quincy (IL) University for past 6 years.
  9. Born as a right-hander, Paul has been ambidextrous ever since he was four years old when his left-handed Dad gave him his left-handed baseball glove.
  10. In addition to the 2 books, he also produces DVD's about history for consumers, schools an libraries, which you can see at  
  11. If there’s anything else you want to know, just ask!

Biography of Paul Niemann:


  • Creator of syndicated Invention Mysteries newspaper column since 2003 (now known as RED, WHITE & TRUE MYSTERIES)
  • Author of 2 Invention Mysteries books
  • Guest speaker to schools and inventor groups
  • Former adjunct instructor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Quincy (IL) University (2001 -- 2007) and Western Illinois University (2008 -- 2009)
  • Editor of The Online Inventor newsletter since 1998
  • Former columnist for Inventors’ Digest magazine (2001 – 2004)
  • President of, working with inventors since 1995
  • Part-time inventor
  • Two-term member of the United Inventors Association board of Directors
  • Guest Speaker at 2005 national Newspapers In Education conference in South Carolina

Paul's interest in inventions goes all the way back to his teenage years in the 1980’s, when he was fascinated by the thought of inventing a product and having people want to purchase it. Believing that he was not the inventor type, though, he went to work for an ad agency in 1992 in St. Louis after college. His first big break came later that year when he was assigned to launch a new product onto the market for the agency. After that, he started his own company,, with the purpose of helping inventors bring their inventions to market. 

In 1998, he finally invented something of his own … the IMPEACHMENT Card Game. The IMPEACHMENT game received nationwide media coverage, and he began writing a regular column for Inventors’ Digest a few years later. It was while writing for Inventors’ Digest that he came up with the idea of creating his own weekly newspaper column. The column was called INVENTION MYSTERIES from 2003 -- 2006, and is now known as RED, WHITE & TRUE MYSTERIES.

Thanks, and enjoy "The Little-Known Stories Behind Well-Known Inventions!"  

Paul Niemann is an author and syndicated newspaper columnist. He wrote Invention Mysteries on the horse farm where he grew up, just south of Quincy, Illinois.

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