Dr. Ralph Anspach

I, Ralph Anspach, escaped Hitler’s Germany in 1938 and became an American citizen while serving in the United States Army during World War II. I received valuable seasoning for my future legal wars by fighting in the underdog Israeli army during that country’s War of Independence.

Other formative experiences I’ve had, include:

  • Studies at the University of Paris,
  • Construction work in Morocco,
  • Working for the United States Army in Frankfurt as a secret code clerk,
  • Teaching at the University of Indonesia in Djakarta.

I finally settled down and earned my Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1961 and have taught, researched, and published in economics since then.

My first wife, Ruth, (now deceased, helped in my first game invention in between raising two sons. My older son, Mark, made substantial contributions to the game inventions. My younger son, William, triggered his father’s game invention and detective career — which is a long and funny story, told in my book.

William, perhaps inspired by watching the ensuing legal wars I had unleashed, went on to Harvard Law School, and is now head of the legal team poised to defend Anti-Monopoly, Inc. in case the makers of Monopoly resume their bad, old ways.

I am now happily married to Silvia Anspach, without whose loving partnership,  Anti-Monopoly’s current projects would have been doomed to failure.