I was just reading the latest posting from Greg Cotikyan's blog. He tells the story of attending the first game design class (that we know about) at SPI in 1972. I discovered his website and then his blog from doing a Google search, some time ago (Games*Design*Art*Culture). What I am impressed by is that he takes time to answer e-mail from people like me, who are only "wannabe" game designers. Not only did Greg attend that class, but he went on to make a career in "gaming".