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Having successfully helped the ACBL at its request decades ago to reduce all its player attendee cost at an NABC by reducing its lodging costs, this resulted in the largest attended Fall National in its history at the time. The League needs to reduce all bridge player lodging costs, coupled with having someone with a complete fluency in understanding the lodging industry with the skill set to negotiate its hotel contracts so that they do not have any attrition covenants, facilitate its hotel procurement. The League needs to compensate all Units for ACBL members who attend the Nationals. And, to amortize the distribution of those funds to the Club Owners in those Units. This business model will result in Students and Seniors alike being able to afford and enjoy Nationals. Finally, playing against bridge professionals is an attraction to most bridge players who recognize that they cannot play golf with Tiger Woods or play tennis with Billy Jean King. Discrimination in any form is abhorrent to the ACBL members as a whole. It is epitome of being unethical and mean spirited.
April 17
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Kerri, fantastic. Also, great pic of you and your husband.
March 28
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Rick, thank you for your posting which revealed that the ACBL chose to have their legacy Legal Counsel negotiate the Hotel Contract. My reply is just based on that one item. In simple terms, the ACBL should always try to have someone negotiating Hotel Agreements that has a proven skill set in that area. That is common sense. The irony is that our affinity group of bridge players has such cerebral aptitudes that it is aggravating that as Members that the ACBL Board, who oversees the ACBL Management in Horn Lake, MS, hasn't mandated all Management responsibilities that play to the individual strengths of their employees.
Dec. 9, 2018
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Ed, thanks. When I was attending Cal-State Hayward University, now Cal-State East Bay, Grant would play in the Unit Games in Hayward with Diane Baze. Grant actually went to Stanford for a while. Remember early on he was making a good living playing money bridge in San Francisco. Good memories.
Nov. 26, 2018
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My posting is just to let everyone on this email thread know that having had the pleasure of getting to know Al Hollander in my youth (and his), he is a friendly soul who would never shown any disrespect to anyone else. Clearly, the Title of his Posting was lamenting that the Event was not going to be held anymore. And, if Grant was still with us, his uncanny dry wit would surely echo the connotation of how the Title of Al's posting could have been construed. Grant is missed by many of us, as he should be.
Nov. 26, 2018
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Phil, my remarks were an underbid.
Nov. 10, 2018
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when I saw a Posting by Phil Clayton, I logged in: It's funny. You always remember good bridge players who have perfect deportment and are likable. And, in this Posting, Phil is simply displaying that what he does at the bridge table is what he does in life, which is to ethically bring forward items that were so troubling that even he had to do a Posting on Bridge Winners.
Nov. 9, 2018
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Congratulations.
Oct. 7, 2018
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Congratulations to Marc and Mike. And, nice to see that Mark and Eddie did well.
Sept. 30, 2018
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Supporting Zia's remarks regarding Marion's Posting with the footnote that personally, I don't know these folks as they started playing long after I was counting Great Blue Heron's and Turkey Vultures in the Wetlands of the Sonoma Wine Country instead of counting High Card Points.
Sept. 21, 2018
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Jack, thank you for your posting. A list of Association Management Companies can be found in this PDF link: http://www.amcsource.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ASAE-2015-Guide-to-AMCs.pdf These organizations are ideal for emulating many of the business tasks of the ACBL, in regards to reducing the budgetary overhead of the League.
Sept. 5, 2018
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Bob, thank you for your Posting. Whats good about the information you provided and your input as to the effects of a bad policy that emanated from someone in the ACBL brings the matter to light. Agreeing with Bernie's pondering remark about “free samples at the Grocery Store.” If you have someone who decides to play in an ACBL tournament and is punished for being a Non-Member, that sends the wrong message. If, instead, the ACBL subsidizes its Districts with remitting back to them in some manner the first “free play”, what will happen, likely, is if the “new entrant” liked their experience, they would also be likely to invite a friend to play in an ACBL tournament, and create additional opportunities for new Members.
Aug. 12, 2018
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Congratulations to both teams with a footnote that its quality people like John Onstott that make the game of bridge more enjoyable.
Aug. 11, 2018
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This Hand brings up a story that has a punchline that is appropriate for the Hand you presented. One of your late friends who was also one of my friends was playing with a Client about 30 years ago. At their Table, the Client played 4S after a Precision Auction that went 1S P 1NT P 4S P P P. The Opening leader held the following Hand: Jxx Qx KQJ xxxxx. At the Clients Table, the Opening Lead was the King Of Diamonds. The result was 4S making five (5). When the Teammates of the friend and the Client came back to the Table, the friend was reading off the Imps and when they got to this Hand, the friend said “Plus 450” and the teammates said “Plus 50”. The friend said, “Great. How did you push them to the 5-Level and the teammate said ”We didn't. Between Rounds the friend said to the Client, “We can never play with these teammates again.” And, they didn't. This is the case in the Hand you present. Holding AJX void AKJx KQJxxx any reasonable ethical bridge playing species who had teammates that did not rebid Clubs, no matter what system they were playing is simply a lice-infested loser. And, any Tournament Director that conjured up a rationale to justify the action of the 1S bidder does not have the ethics that God gave gravel.
June 21, 2018
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…Just knew Martin decades ago as a great guy. Had no idea of the amazing sad life and wonderful life he led away from the bridge table. Very sorry to hear of his passing…
June 13, 2018
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Kitty, your posting is so endearing and heartful in honoring Margie.
May 23, 2018
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Sorry to hear that Eric Murray passed away. Canada loses a legend.
May 21, 2018
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Horrible news. Heartfelt condolences to Peggy. Lucky to have played with John and was a roommate with John at a couple of Regionals. Perfect deportment. Wonderful deadpan humor. Fantastic human being.
May 13, 2018
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Chris, thank you for shedding some light in regards to the parting of the ways between the CEO and the BOD. For those of us who appreciate how being a Member of the ACBL has allowed us to make lifelong friends and participate in an activity that brings together people of all ages to interact with one another and have fun, that is why many of us have invested our time and energy into the ACBL over the years. Again, your efforts here are commendable.
May 7, 2018
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Appreciate your cogent response, as it puts forward the desired areas of experience you are hoping to find in the individual who commits to your endeavors.
May 4, 2018
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