Jim Lively, Sam Caldwell, Brad Clark and Kent Meadows (left to right) at their first “Survival Game” outing in summer of 1982. Jim explains they played at a private farm, south of Nashville.
Jim explained that the Survival Game equipment (Nelspots, Nelson paint, shop goggles and likely some form of rules) were purchased by Rick Wyman’s father as a fun summer activity for the kids to try out.
After this game Jim and Sam were hooked.
Jim spoke with Bob Gurnsey shortly after, purchasing licensing for the Nashville area.
Jim and Sam, as partners, ran several fields, which started as National Survival Game fields, a store and operated the Lively Series (including the masters) from 1989 until roughly 1994.
Photo from the archives of Jim Lively.Thanks to Jim for the great info on NSG over the last few weeks.