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I don't have it in a modern form that will allow that but I will look into it. At the time, my friend, Michael Huston, showed it to bridge players all over the country to show I was innocent. Now, what sense does it make to deal an ace to my partner who was a very poor client. He would not have known how to bid with it, defend with it or play it as a declarer. Michael Huston and Gene Simpson always said that dealing an ace to him would be a net loss of imps. All of my opponents I was supposed to have cheated saw this video and testified for me. That includes Jeff Meckstroth and Freddie Hamilton. They understood what I was playing with. Now dealing a ace to myself would have made a lot more sense. It doesn't matter. It is over. I don't care what anyone thinks about it any more. The BoD got what they wanted and they silence a loud voice of dissention. I always described myself in those days as a bridge activist. By the way, this case was brought from inside the ACBL. No player filed any complaint against me.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Well, how many people do you know that had a finger bitten off by a hog? It is amusing and when people saw and asked how it happened I told three stories and asked them to pick which one was right. One had me escaping from a ladies bedroom out a window when her husband returned home unexpectedly, the other was a war accident and the hog biting it off was number three. It was a rare thing to have anyone pick the hog story but that is what happened.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Thank you. Jonathan never mentions that does he. But, I believe in lifetime bans for cheating. I lost my attempt to prove that I was innocent and the ACBL will make sure that I never get another. I wouldn't never return to playing even if I was young enough under those conditions. Now, perhaps you see my interest in this particular thread. If the man were are talking about was a half way decent human being, he would not be coming back to play.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Dec. 25, 2018
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No offense taken. I always told the story in a humorous way. The fact is that I have an amputation of one knuckle on the ring finger of my right hand and nerve damage to two more fingers. I presented a hand surgeons statement that it would be impossible for me to do what I was charged with. It was ignored, of course. I also have damage from the same incident on my left hand where the middle finger is flattened on the end and full of scar tissue. Two other fingers also have nerve damage. It makes me a lousy at shuffling cards. I can't even hold them any more.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Yes. It is one and the same.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Once again, I was not expelled. The original sentence was for three months. I have no desire to get back into the game, I am too old to play any more. I won't play other games, I have given up all forms of competition. I did my fighting to get back into the game again through the courts and the case was never heard. I was not guilty. Others would have served the three months and kept playing. That isn't me. I was going to win and be proven innocent or never play again. I believe in lifetime expulsion for cheaters. I can assure you that if I applied to that same committee, they wouldn't hear my case even though I have evidence and testimony from expert, well respected experts that the ACBL's witnesses lied to the EOC and they lied again under oath in deposition to a Federal Court. We would have been pursuing perjury charges but we never got the chance because the court wouldn't hear the case because the ACBL is a membership organization and they can do anything to any member they want with out a hearing and obeying any of their own rules. So be it. I am suspended because I won't pay one cent of the ACBL court costs. You are welcome to think what you want and I don't blame you at all. I still love the game and I want to see it thrive as it should. Now, as to the witches, I didn't give them that name. I told the story about how they got it. They were called that by just about everyone.
Dec. 25, 2018
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So did I. The whole story behind that is very funny and it came from an ACBL Director who started quoting, “Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble”, when they walked by. They were the three witches from then on.
Dec. 25, 2018
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First, I was never expelled and you keep saying that. I was suspended for three months by the EOC (I wasn't guilty) and you and your crooked cohorts made that 18 months with an absurdly long probation to keep me serving anywhere in the ACBL because I rocked that boat and I rocked it hard. I was on the BoG for years before all of that happened and I got to watch you in action. You are right, I am not an unbiased source about the BoD or YOU. I know what the Board was and I know what you were and this malarkey you are spewing now is the exact opposite of what you were when you had a chance to make changes.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Jonathan. You were on the BoD for many years. When you were there, I always considered you as one of these people you now condemn. I don't recall you ever rocking the boat but you could always be counted on to join right in with the worst of them. You were one of the members who ignored suggestions that might have saved the ACBL from being in its current shape. So, when you say all of these things, it rings very hollow to me. I saw you as no different from the ladies who were not so affectionately know as the three witches. I think you voted in lock step with them most of the time. Now, when you have no power and no ability to change anything, you are the voice of dissent. I wish I had seen some of that 20 to 30 years ago.
Dec. 25, 2018
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I have a pair of friends from Indiana who played against a pair that had been charged and convicting for giving signals. Before the match started, my friends Alerted the offending pair and told them that they played upside down pencil signals.
Dec. 24, 2018
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Ed, those players will let you know. They will be asking questions and observing the local sharks. They will demand to move up. Some will be content to stay where they are having fun and supporting bridge and the ACBL. I started playing at a local club with no lessons. When the club gave its scheduled lessons a couple of months later, I was already way beyond them and I had read a dozen plus books. The cream will come to the top.
Dec. 16, 2018
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Because it was much more simple then. People could get one Goren book and learn enough to playa little in a couple of hours. Players their own age would be playing. Those days are gone and so is bridge unless they think out of the box and make the game easier to play.
Dec. 15, 2018
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Golf has come to the same conclusion. People don’t want to take four hours to play a round of golf either.
Dec. 15, 2018
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When I was in college over 50 years ago there was always a bridge game going. I will bet that isn’t the case now. If you asked a group of students if they wanted to learn to play bridge the answer would be that is a game for really old people. If you tried to explain it, there eyes would cross and they would look for entertainment elsewhere. The game is dying and many of you havei illustrated why. People just want to have fun. You need to keep hearing that. They don’t want to strain their brain, they just want to have fun. That doesn’t describe bridge and that is why it is dying. The current membership is getting too old to attend tournaments. I wish you all the luck in the world promoting and growing the game.
Dec. 15, 2018
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There is no appeal to bridge and until people deal with that the game won’t grow and the players will just keep getting older. The keywords are fun and simple. Golf is trying to do that with their game. They want to make it faster and the rules more simple. I don’t have the answers to how but I at least see what the problem is.
Dec. 15, 2018
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That is the whole problem in a nutshell. You want to teach people to think. They just want to have fun.
Dec. 15, 2018
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It is really very simple. The game isn’t any fun anymore for most people. The world has changed but bridge hasn’t. You are competing with video games and other forms of recreation that provide instant gratification. The game is dying. The ACBL may not even exist five years from now. All of the methods to attract new and young players have failed miserably. If the clubs don’t change, they will wither and dies. To attract new people to the game, it needs to be faster and much more simple. Changing the attitudes of our geezers about young and developing players would help. I propose that we develop a new form of the game based on the original platform to bring people into the bridge clubs and quickly get them playing cards instead of memorizing what is to them, complex bidding systems. Too many of you only seem to see them as baby seals to be bashed and slaughtered and only the strong survive. These people are looking to have fun and they don’t want to take weeks,months, years or even days to do it. Either you find a way to do this or just say RIP and move on when you no longer have anyone to play with.
Dec. 15, 2018
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That is exactly the attitude that has brought the ACBL and bridge to the state it is in. Too many bridge players seen to be.
are determined to destroy both to keep the status quo that hasn’t worked in sixty years. But, I don’t play any more butI am an expert on promotions and marketing a product. You have a fantastic product so it is time to figure out what is wrong and what can be done to fix it.
Dec. 15, 2018
John Blubaugh edited this comment Dec. 15, 2018
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I think people have had some great ideas. I have been thinking about my idea of providing predealt and Prebid hands. This would be simple and it would teach the players declarer technique and defensive play. The side benefit of prebid hands is that the players would painlessly start to learn basic bidding. I still think getting to start playing cards from the go is the key to getting players hooked on the game. It would be simple to provide packets for the clubs to run those games and perhaps they could even be emailed to the clubs. That provides more revenue opportunities for the clubs and the ACBL even shows some value to the clubs for a change. There is no way the BoD would ever use this kind of idea,there is nothing in it for them.
Dec. 15, 2018
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