As the son of a teacher, I grew up playing games like Number Munchers and Word Munchers. We played (the original) Oregon Trail in elementary school. My mom was obsessed with the Amazon Trail.
Stephen's story is not just a great look at a small company that made my (and I'm sure most kids around my age) childhood, but a company that made an impact on the history of computing, gaming, and software.
By the way...you can get totally lost in time because the Internet Archive has all of MECC's games available for free.