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Bob Heller
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Member Since
Jan. 20, 2012
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July 12
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about me

Elected to ACBL Board of Directors in 2009, term beginning January 2010. Running for a third term, and if re-elected, it will be my last. Have served in bridge governance and in many volunteer positions since 1992, exclusively in District 7. Past president of Mid-Atlantic Bridge Conference and District 7. Also worked in some compensated positions (primarily: D7 News editor, 2002-2013). Duke University graduate, career journalist, retired from Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lived in metro Atlanta from 1984 until December 2011, when Barbara and I moved to Knoxville to be near our kids and grandkids.

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District 7 Columbia/Atlanta Regionals are A GO!
Ellis, District finances have zero to do with this. Both the Hilton and Marriott properties have been amazingly cooperative and understanding with the situation and want to preserve longer-term relationships. Common sense and sanity (relationships with the hotels -- not necessarily the decision to green-light the regionals) does prevail in some ...
Cheating on BBO
Steve, We should go beyond an "ask" of BBO to include a link to the ACBL recorder form. The league should urge or even demand that it happen. Apologies to BBO if this already has been done.
Gatlinburg regional (4/20-26/2020) is NOT cancelled
There would be more than enough space -- well separated from other events -- on Saturday 4/25 and Sunday 4/26, for all three flights of the North American Pairs. Tables would be standing, bid boxes in place, boards pre-duplicated, caddies and National directors (at least 10 on-site every year), a ...
USBF To Hold U31 Trials for 2020 WYBTC
Suggest the WBF be renamed the FUBAR.
2011-12 ACBL SOF implementation delayed and dropped...but why?
The 2011-12 effort was a so-called "strength of field" formula and had nothing to do with "ranking." It was based solely on masterpoint holdings, and the proposal was to implement it only for some games (sectionals, regionals) and not for others (clubs, side games, NABCs). Rather than answer questions, proponents ...
An Open Letter to ACBL Unit and District Officers
Geez. To think that I used to REALLY care about this kind of thing. Why such obsession, such arguments rife with false equivalencies, over these bastardized knockouts? How about funneling all of this brainpower (I'm a Goodwill member) and energy toward teaching and truly improving and sustaining duplicate bridge ...
BOD Restructure Vote
The ACBL Board, as a whole, has a sad history of turning a deaf ear and blind eye to reform and restructuring that could better serve league membership and all stakeholders. Let us acknowledge that this motion is smartest in one very important way: It treats Board members as ''politicians ...
Re: Nic Hammond's "Detecting Cheating at Bridge"
The "screen surcharge" fails to cover the extra expenses incurred by the screen use; labor; the increase in directing staff; considerably more convention space -- and, last but certainly not least, the majority of cameras, other technology and monitoring needed to try to keep our game clean. I'm sure I ...
Motion to Authorize Hybrid Sectionals
As a member who spends 98+ percent of his playing time at tournaments, whether sectionals, regionals or NABCs, and as someone who is alarmed at the rate of shrinking attendance at these tournaments, I tend to view any reasonable idea or experiment very favorably. But not this one. It is ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
In response, particularly to Greg. The GNTs should be pushed hard by every unit and every district that wants to grow bridge, because they are a true grass roots event for Flights B and C -- and ALL participants, regardless of ability and experience, should be treated the same with one ...
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