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Very thoughtful posting. Wishing Fred continued safe sailing ahead on the Ocean of time in his life yet to come…
July 14
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Steve's posting is as good as his bridge playing. His analysis of recognizing unhappy bridge players as a problem is important. Playing with a Client too many decades ago in Los Angeles at Bridge Week, my client who was from Eastern Washington didn't like some of the Opponents, not for their ability, but; for their affability. So, I conferred with my roommate, the late Leslie Tsou, and asked him what he thought about the wacky idea of taking the red eye out of LAX to a Regional that was going on in San Antonio the same week. That's what we did, checking into the historic Menger Hotel. Then, having lots of fun hanging out with some of my other friends and bridge partners such as the late Dr. George Pisk. My Client had fun. As an aside, we all did well. All the bridge players at the tournament had fun. The bottom line is that it should be a reasonable goal to not drive players away from the Game by conducting bridge events that try their best to meet the needs of all players. Coercion never works. And, rather than to disparage a posting that shows thoughtful intelligence, its worth my time to commend it for all of its merits.
July 4
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Frank, thanks for posting the great life path of Robert Friend.
June 27
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Judy, was off-line when you posted. Glad J.R. responded to you.
June 24
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George was one of the best human beings that ever came into my life. And, am glad that he lived to be over 100 years old. He made significant contributions to Medical Science. And, his love of bridge and contributions to bridge will live on. Moreover, he was a winning human being.
June 23
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The concept of a n Negative Double followed by a Double at the next opportunity shows the top part of the Negative Double range was introduced by Southern California bidding expert, David Weiss. The idea was spawned from the idea that if you made a Negative Double, and your LHO raised the RHO overcall to the 3-Level, you needed to assign the follow-up Double to show that type of hand, meaning 11+ HCP, or compensating distributional values.
June 14
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Peg, do not lose your enthusiasm for the Game of Bridge. The collective thoughts of yourself, and all the others that are providing their opinions on this Social Media portal is the same process of all of us in trying to understand our Bridge Partners. Sometimes we do, and sometimes we don't. Yet; we can always discuss our misunderstandings, and learn from them. Having personally experienced and seen horrific occurrences in how the administration of Bridge Tournaments whatever side of the polarity you are on, being able to bring forth issues to the Public that are relevant to this Bridge Community as a whole is something that is positive. Keep going!.
June 7
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Congratulations.
June 6
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Ask Paul Hackett about the time he was playing with John Collings in Biarritz (circa 1982), tore up the Ace Of Spades in the Dummy that Paul put down, walked over to a window, and threw it out the window. Believe that the context was that the Ace of Spades was of no consequence. And, by the way, please give Paul my regards.
June 6
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Kevin, glad age hasn't dampened your humor, nor your spirit. Now is the time for you to put the Martial Arts of your youth to good work, and vanquish all the curs and lice-infested losers from the Kingdom…
June 5
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Nick, appreciated. To clarify further, the editorial put forth by Joe Jones put forth the “League” rationale that supporting Club Owners was the vortex of the effort. That is what precipitated my remarks. In regards to the personnel decision in the other thread, that seemed to be to be abhorrent; yet, in another Solar System than the marketing decision. In other words, my connotation of the term “either/or” is not what you discerned. Let's call it an “anarchy of language”. So, wanted to provide you with my intent, as a courtesy.
June 2
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To be clear, if you saw my contribution to the thread on the dismissal, my feelings on that were aligned with yours. In this case, to be fair, I wrote my input to reflect my personal beliefs in this case that supporting Club Owners is key to the success of ACBL. Western Logical Thought sometimes creates these polarities of “either/or” situation. In this one, I wanted to share with you my thinking, which was that one situation is unlike the other.
June 2
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Here is the link on the Red Rover Marketing site explaining in broad terms their Guarantee: https://roverresults.com/#How%20It%20Works. Next, here is a list of their Clients: https://roverresults.com/#How%20It%20Works Here is my guess as to the guarantee. Basically, its a performance based Agreement between Red Rover and is Clients. So, for example, Red Rover looks like it probably did business with a local Hilton and a local Westin Hotel, and/or their management companies. My guess would be these lodging clients are provincial, based on the entire client list. So, for example, my guess would be that Red Rover might have done a deal with ACBL where they would guarantee that ACBL would get a certain amount of either new subscribed members, which would be the best possible deal for ACBL. Or, the ACBL did a deal where ACBL would have the Social Marketing give them people who signed up on the landing page (sometimes called a splash page that Jude Goodwin, who I have a great deal of respect for in regards to her contributions to bridge, was nice enough to post. My guess is that it is the latter. So, if Red Rover had a base fee that generated less than ??? of electronic forms that were received from an auto-responder. then; by formula, my guess is that Red Rover would remit back some of the monies that the ACBL contacted it for in this gig. The business model that Red Rover is using is called Performance Based Marketing. However, to be clear, Performance Based Marketing can place 100% of the risk on Red Rover Marketing if they are getting $0.00 in a base fee, and are getting $$$ per newly subscribed member And, that would be the winning deal, if ACBL was able to consummate it here. Finally, what I liked about Joe Jones editorial is that it emphasized support for Club Owners. The ACBL needs to do as much as possible for Club Owners. And, my hope is that Red Rover is successful here in helping ACBL.
June 2
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Rick, your Posting is important. Based on your footnote on your teammate having an incident at the local bridge club prior to the event, adding that to the moving of the goal posts on concocting a Victory Point Round-Robin after-the-fact needed to be communicated to the bridge playing community. Thank you. All experienced tournament bridge players know that the strategy in Victory Points in a Team Match is unlike the regular strategy. Hence, converting the actual results in the manner that they were converted, without knowledge of the participants is unacceptable.
May 30
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Hope that James will be as successful at bridge as he is at Jeopardy.
May 28
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Great posting on Bobby. Had the honor of playing with Bobby and being a friend. As an Bobby was the first person in the United States to market American Airlines Coupons when they were introduced. On the bridge front, at the New Orleans Nationals in 1983 in the Summer, when the League abruptly shut down the Membership Meeting when Joey Silver championed a motion to change the By-Laws, and reconvened the discussion at the Board Of Governors meeting the next day, Bobby and I attended the meeting together, and Bobby got up and reminded the League that we were the Members, and that we needed to be heard. He cared about everyone.
May 26
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Barbara, greatly appreciate your Posting. Over the years, have seen some good employees like Carol Robertson run into similar fates. Very nice of you to let all of us know how much she contributed to the League.

Like yourself, I am relatively new to BridgeWinners.com and have only done 1-Posting. This site itself has merit. Have been able to keep up with some ACBL developments, and contribute. Personally, I hope you are doing well.

Finally, Club Owners are the lifeblood of the ACBL that generates new members and maintains the loyalty of existing Members. Thank you for a nice dose of wisdom on your part.
May 24
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Karen, had not heard that wonderful story. And, never knew that Barry played bridge with Jan, who was the best player in Denver a half century ago, and is probably still the best player in Denver.
May 17
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Ed,your writing is just as good as your bridge playing. And, any of us would be lucky enough to play half as good as you, or write half as good as you, in this regard. You are the right messenger with the right message. Thank you.
May 10
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Hank, thank you for posting the article from the Daily Herald which clearly details the evidence, and confession of the killer. Sad that such a great man had to encounter such a wretched human being…
May 9
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