Ross Taylor

An interview with John Carruthers

Personally, I really enjoy reading interviews of top bridge personalities, and The Bridge World’s recent spreads on Dick Freeman and Zia have whetted my appetite for more. With the fabled and successful Toronto Easter regional tournament being held this week, we decided to spice up the daily bulletins with an indepth interview with one of our own – John Carruthers (JC).

John is well known as a contributing author of the world championship bridge books, MSC panelist, and the editor of Ontario’s The Kibitzer, but perhaps some of us in Canada are unaware of his rich legacy and contributions to the game of bridge. John himself has conducted and published many interviews over the years, and we thought it was high time the tables were turned and we all got a chance to learn and know more about JC. 

Love of the game

How much of what you do is from love of the game, versus giving back to the game?

I love bridge and it has given me a lot, best of which is Katie. Much of what I do for the game is both a labor of love and giving something back. For example, in the two years running up to the World Junior Championship, I worked so hard it was like having two full-time jobs. The writing and editing I do now is similar, although I get reimbursed almost enough to cover my bridge expenses.

How about a list of regular partners you have had over the years?

I’ve had almost as many bridge partners as the number of times Eric Murray has heard the Italian National Anthem at World Championships! My first partners were at Mt. Allison University – Karl Hicks was the most notable. Upon graduation, I came to Toronto and played regularly with Doug Robinson, Mike Hennessey, David Deaves and Bruce Ferguson.

John Guoba was my first serious partner, followed by David Lindop, Ted Horning, Drew Cannell, Joey Silver and PO Sundelin. I’ve also played a lot with Danny Gerstman, Allan Graves, Eric Murray, and Howard Weinstein. During the 1970s and 1980s there was a group of us who all played together in every lineup: Guoba, Gerstman, Gord Chapman, Marty Kirr, John Gowdy, Michael Roche and others.

When you go to the Nationals, which pairs do you not want to sit down against in a team game and why?

That’s an interesting question. I always like to play against the best pairs and am always eager to play with the match on the line – to me that is the most fun. I love to play against Hamman-Wolff (or Hamman playing with Soloway (now deceased) or Zia), Meckwell, Balicki-Zmudzinski, Sontag-Weichsel, Duboin-Sementa, Versace-Lauria and Fantoni-Nunes. Of course, sometimes, these wishes are for naught as these pairs did not get to be the best in the world by losing to the likes of me very often, but I love the challenge and over the years I’ve held my own against them.

And for a pairs game?

Ah, in a pairs game it’s different. There you might play against one or two top pairs per session, a bunch of average pairs and some not-so-good pairs. There it’s a question of taking advantage of and creating opportunities. Ted Horning was great at that aspect of the game. But I’d still rather play in the Cavendish, the Blue Ribbon or the LM Pairs than a lesser event.

Are you a student of the game John? Do you have a large bridge library? Do you read everything you can get your hands on – or do you dwell on your books and magazines from the past?

I am a student of the game. I have a large bridge library which includes every world championship book ever produced. I have a lifetime subscription to The Bridge World, and at one time or another I subscribed to Bridge, International Popular Bridge Monthly, Bridge Today, Popular Bridge, Australian Bridge, NZ Bridge, South African Bridge Bulletin, Bridz (Poland), Dansk Bridge (Denmark) and a few others. As editor of the Kibitzer and the IBPA Bulletin I receive a lot of review copies of current titles, especially as I am on the jury of the Master Point Press Book of the Year award.

Do you still enjoy the debate and discussion post mortems as much as when you were younger or are you more interested in just playing?

I’ve gone through three phases in my bridge career in which one aspect of the game has been more important than the others: (1) problem solving, (2) winning and (3) sociability. I’ve been in phase 3 for about 25 years now, and strangely, it has not adversely affected the other two aspects, and perhaps they are even more successful. So, yes, I still enjoy the post mortems and the sociability of bridge, I just can’t stay awake until 2:00 a.m. to partake any longer.

Do you have any tips?

I have two simple tips, the first for the player who wants to improve: count, count, count; and the second for the player who aspires to play successfully internationally: read, read, read. 

On Canadian Bridge

Let’s talk about Canadian bridge. What do we have to do to breathe life back into our upper echelons?

Frankly, I’m not sure we can, given the current state of affairs. As it is now, if a young person (let’s take Gavin Wolpert as an example) wants to be a bridge professional, the USA is the place to be, and Gavin has thus decamped to Florida. There is no reason for a person such as Gavin to stay in Canada if he wants to make a career out of bridge. While we might bemoan that state of affairs, unless some big sponsorship comes along, this is not going to change.

Since I came back I see the CNTC final is still a tough event, but you can basically enter right into the National Final now. Talk to me about the caliber of play there as opposed to say 15-25 years ago – and to what extent are the changes being reflected on the international stage?

I don’t see any difference in the caliber of play from today to say, the 1980s. Canada has had arguably two great teams, Murray-Kehela, Sheardown-Elliott and Silver-Kokish, Molson-Baran, Gitelman-Mittelman. Apart from those two teams, the rest of us have been, in general, of average-plus international standard. Think about it this way: one or more of those players has been involved in every medal Canada has won in open world competition.

Would we put together better teams if sponsorship seeped into our upper players’ ranks? Or is there another answer?

Yes, we would. Currently, for example, the U.S. Trials take place at about the same time as the CNTC. Eric Kokish goes there to coach the Nickell team. I think we might entice Eric Kokish back as a player rather than as coach of the Nickell team if heavy sponsorship were involved. Would Eric not make any team in the CNTC better for his presence? Yes, he would.

Nick Nickell is a very generous and sensible person – he would still keep Kokish as a coach even if Eric played in the CNTC.

There is no other answer – money is the only answer. Gitelman and Hampson have a pretty good gig with John Diamond in the USA at the moment – it would take a large amount of money to entice them back to Canada.

How about if serious money were thrown at training the CNTC winners to assist them in preparing for the world stage? (I know there is some of that now, but ….)

Money thrown at training is not enough. We need to keep our best players as well as train them. If in 1995 we’d thrown serious money at training our top-level players and kept them in Canada (of that group, Molson and Gitelman left for the USA, and Kokish has de facto emigrated as well; Mittelman, Baran and Silver remain), perhaps we’d have done better internationally since. Geoff Hampson declined to play on that team since he was already planning to move to the States.

I suppose more money might convince some of the good players to take representing Canada more seriously – that is, to prepare better. But we are essentially amateurs, with careers, families, other commitments. The top bridge players need to make bridge their career to succeed at the top.

Do you think a pairs trials (like the USA used to do in the 60’s) would be a good thing?

I used to have strong feelings about team and pairs trials. I’m pretty indifferent to it now. I don’t think a pairs trials would improve Canada’s chances and might hurt them. Pairs trials are a bit of a lottery unless you have a tremendous depth of talent, as only the USA has. The USA is the only country that could afford to have pairs trials and anoint the top three winners as their team. Some countries do have pairs trials now, but the captain or a committee then reviews the results and chooses the team (Sweden for example).

Do you think having a Butler scored pairs contest during the CNTC would liven up the event?

We currently have an IMP Pairs event, which is not much different than a Butler Pairs. IMP Pairs is the bridge event which most depends on luck and Butler Pairs is not much different. Everything depends on who you play against on which boards. I’ve played well in a team event and scored average in the Butler rankings and played hopelessly and come second. It’s near useless as an indicator and could actually hurt some teams.

Do you think prize money would attract a better turnout?

Not really, unless it was a huge amount. 

On playing overseas

You like to travel abroad and play in international events. Which ones are your favorites, and why?

Wow, that’s really difficult to say. I love to go to the NEC in Yokohama and I’d definitely go to the Yeh Bros. Cup if I’m invited again. When the Forbo Teams was alive in The Netherlands it was a fantastic event – good hospitality, great competition, friendly people. All those events offer high-quality competition. In general, the hospitality in Asia is unsurpassed, especially in Indonesia.

When I coached the Pakistan Team, I stayed with one of the players and was basically treated like a king. My friend has his own chef, a Bangladeshi, who is a fantastic cook, and he loves to cook for me because he can spice up the food more than he normally can for the family. I’d go back there any time. Katie and I stayed with Subhash Gupta and his family in India and that was especially great. I’d much prefer to go to a tournament in Europe, Australia or Asia than to an NABC. 

On Junior Bridge

You have been very active in supporting Junior bridge in Canada in years past. Some of those players have fled the coop, and now make a living in USA playing bridge. Any regrets?

Not personally. My junior teams have had some success, with a silver medal in Ann Arbor in 1991 and a fourth in Bali in 1995. Of course, I had the best pair in the event in 1991, with Gitelman and Hampson on the Canadian team. Do I regret they now vie for U.S. representation, and not for Canadian representation? Sure, I’d love to see Canada win a world team championship, and if that meant having a team of ex-pats like Fred and Geoff, Billy Cohen and Bruce Ferguson, that would be fine with me.

Canada has been supplying the USA with top bridge players from the days of Doug Drury, Agnes Gordon and Hugh Ross. It’s the same with our comedians, singers and actors – there is simply more money to be made south of the border.

How is our junior program today? How about in other countries – and if it is strong elsewhere, why not here? What are they doing different?

We have a very weak junior program compared to the top countries. For example, Poland’s Junior Championships annually have over 100 pairs competing and they are divided into six age groups. Indonesia has taught about 40,000 school children bridge in a very well-developed program. Many countries have funding from the National Olympic Committees and many have state or national programs in their schools.

Everything in North America is hit-or-miss by comparison. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett set aside a million dollars about five years ago for teaching bridge to kids – that money is not yet spent. That alone should tell you how our youth program is doing.

I just read a report from the UK on the UK junior trials, won finally by Scotland after many years of trying. Is bridge alive and well in the UK or are all countries suffering the same problem we are of an aging membership?

That was the Junior Camrose, the so-called Home Internationals among England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Bridge is flourishing in Europe, where it is finally becoming less elitist – the average age of a Polish Bridge Union member is 42, for example; the average age of an ACBL member is reported to be 65 years old. (Editor’s note – that is a hugely important statistic!)

Scotland is in a bit of a unique position – some of their top players also leave the country for greener pastures, some to England, and some, like Michael Rosenberg and Barnet Shenkin, to the USA.

While membership has dropped in the ACBL, membership elsewhere has risen: Australia has a population less than Canada’s, but over 30,000 members. Holland and France have about 100,000 members each. The crown for the highest per-capita membership belongs to Iceland, with a population of about 350,000 and over 3000 members. It’s the only country in the world where you can get into a taxi and the driver says to you, “You hold…”

Some other countries are suffering as well, but not to the same extent. 

On Seniors Bridge

Let’s talk about Seniors bridge – seems there is some pretty tall timber playing in these events – it’s like watching the senior golf tour and seeing all your favorite players from not so long ago duke it out.

Yeah, and it’s kind of fun. When PO Sundelin and I won the Senior Knockout at the Boston NABC, the field included Mike Passell, Mark Lair, Fred Hamilton, Billy Eisenberg and Bobby Wolff, among others. In the World Senior Championships we’ve played against those guys and Marcelo and Pedro Branco, the Indonesians, the Italians and so on. Those guys can still all play.

But is it necessary? Are seniors at a disadvantage to “youth” at top level bridge? Look at guys like Bob Hamman – he’s 75 or so and I don’t see him in the Senior games.

Bob Hamman is one of a kind. He first represented the USA at the 1964 Olympiad and he won the Bermuda Bowl in 2009. As long as he’s winning Bermuda Bowls (and Spingolds, Vanderbilts and Reisingers) why would he play Seniors events?

They are lesser events after all. However, I can’t see that senior bridge hurts any other aspect of the game. We do need to get bridge into the schools and teach the kids, however. As a contrast to bridge in North America, the US Chess Federation is still increasing its membership. Isn’t that a clue that we’re doing something wrong? It has more members now than when Bobby Fischer was winning the World Championship.

Or is the senior strata a reasonable marketing move by the WBF, ACBL et al to maintain interest in the game as the membership gets older, or is it something else?

Yes, I think that’s not far from the truth. In the case of the WBF, they love those big entry fees.

When I left the game, Shoe, Boris, you, Joey, Marty, Arno, George etc. were all at the top of your games and representing Canada in the Big Show. And many of you still compete for that – is this just to get two bites at the apple?

Sure. We all still play in the CNTC – we love the game, we love the competition. But…we also love to travel, to compete in world championships, to visit with our friends from all over the world. If a seniors event is the only way we can do that (as in Brazil), why not?

Had your team won the CNTC in 2009 (2nd) and it did win the seniors’ trials, what would you have done in Sao Paolo? Presumably the main event.

Absolutely! Last year, however, was a very unique situation for Joey Silver and me. We had a team entered in the CNTC (with Roy Hughes-David Turner, Nader Hanna-Jim Green) and no team entered in the CSTC. We lost in the final of the CNTC. Had we lost earlier Joey and I were going to play the Seniors with the Bowmans from Ottawa.

When we kept winning, we suggested the Bowmans form another team, which they did. Meanwhile, the Senior Team of Baran-Schoenborn, Kirr-Hobart, Gowdy-Mittelman fell through when George could not play for personal reasons. So the team replaced Gowdy-Mittelman with Joey and me. 

Had we lost the quarterfinal or the semifinal of the CNTC we’d have then have been allowed to play on our new team in the senior event. But we kept winning in the CNTC until the final hurdle and were then added to the winning senior team after the event.

On money and bridge

Do you ever play money tournaments such as they have regularly in Europe? How do they compare to ACBL masterpoint land? Is that game transferable to North America?

Every tournament I’ve been to overseas is a “money” tournament in that they offer cash prizes to high finishers. It’s been tried here a couple of times without much success, the latest by Billy Jean King’s ex-husband, Larry King, who was mainly responsible for elevating women’s tennis to the lofty status it now enjoys. One success the ACBL has had is in selling master points as a valued commodity.

Do you ever/often play in the Cavendish? Do you like this sort of event?

I have only played in the Cavendish once, with Ted Horning, a couple of years before he died. I really enjoyed it, absolutely the best field I’d ever played in. We did ok, winning a session award and coming 4th in the teams, so we covered expenses. In general, though, it is a very expensive proposition, with an entry fee of $2800 and a minimum buy-in of $12,500 for the auction pool, you can count on it costing $10,000 per person for the week, with no guarantee of any return.

Would professionalism in North America impede or assist the development of a money tour here?

I think the way professionalism currently works here, a pro tour would not be successful unless a big sponsor with deep pockets were found. Look at it from the pro’s point of view. He can make a decent living at Regionals and Nationals without risking his own cash and he gets paid regardless of how successful he is. The top pros make hundreds of thousands a year  – why risk that for the piddling amounts that would be available from returning entry fees to the winners of cash tournaments (absent sponsorship).

Naturally, a guy like Stevie Weinstein, who has won the Cavendish Invitational six times and come second once, might have a different opinion.

Is there as much professionalism in other countries as there is in the USA? Do the pros make the same kind of money?

To my knowledge, with the exception of the Lavazza (Italy) and Zimmermann (France) teams, there are no other comparable sponsors to those in the USA such as Nick Nickell, Rose Meltzer, Jimmy Cayne, Carolyn Lynch and Roy Welland. That’s why you see so many foreign stars gravitating to U.S. shores.

However, some countries such as China and Indonesia have full-time bridge professionals, with their government being their sponsor. They have a similar status to that of Olympic athletes – bridge is their full-time job. This paid off for China when their women won the Venice Cup in Brazil. The Indonesian Open and Senior Teams have both come second in World Championships. I believe almost any other country could do the same

What about the poker/bridge pro. Are there many of them in the game today? Do you talk to them to understand their views on the two games and how they coexist for these players?

There are certainly more of them now than previously with poker’s high profile. I think Steve Zolotow was the first bridge player to make a success of poker (at least at the tournament level) – he has won a World Series bracelet and has a second-place finish in an NABC. Earlier than that, Ozzie Jacoby was a pretty good poker player. Stevie Weinstein, of the huge Cavendish success, has also won a $700,000 poker tournament. There are others who’ve had lesser success than those two.

I used to play poker when I was younger, but once I started to play bridge, there was no comparison – bridge is simply a more interesting game. Poker is interesting for the money involved, no other reason. The money is the attraction for poker, for sure. That and the fact that anyone can understand what’s going on, unfortunately is not the case with bridge.

The game has evolved at the highest levels in the USA. Now the top 16 teams (at least) in the major team events are all sponsored. Many of the top pros lament they can never play on the same teams together, yet it is their revenue. So these events have become a place for pros to peddle their wares, and not necessarily a showcase of the world’s best teams.

Well, it would be difficult to say that Meckwell and Hamman-Zia do not currently play on the world’s best bridge team with Nick Nickell-Ralph Katz, especially after they accounted for the Italians in the last Bermuda Bowl.

The Italians were also a sponsored team, but Madame Lavazza does not play in the important events. I suppose if you replaced Nickell-Katz with say, Sontag-Berkowitz or Levin-Weinstein, the team might be improved slightly, but you can’t do better than winning a World Championship.

And, I have not heard any top-level pros voice that complaint for some years now. 

Outside of bridge

John, you retired from business four years ago, and is it safe to say most of your time is devoted to bridge playing and writing?

Yes, it is. Part of the reason I opted for early retirement is so many opportunities in bridge were coming my way and I just did not have the time to devote to work any more. I tried unsuccessfully to get them to decommission me (and thus pay me a huge severance) but it was no dice – “We have work for you as long as you like!” Of course, bridge has kept me from perfecting my golf game. (You’d know that was a joke had you ever played golf with me.) 

Also any life accomplishments you would like to share, or a précis of your life outside of bridge.

Outside bridge, my most important accomplishment is convincing Katie Thorpe to be my life mate for the past 36 years. I’ve co-authored 2 books: “Creating Effective Manuals” (1984) with Jean d’Agenais and “Ex-Etiquette” (1988) with Audrey Grant and Paula Prociuk. Additionally, I’ve had articles published on computer imaging software, bridge, gambling, baseball and project management. (I was a project manager in a previous life.) 

Also, share any personal information you want

I have one brother who lives in Atlanta, and Katie and I have nieces and nephews (and grand-nieces and grand-nephews) in Toronto, Paris (Ontario) and Atlanta who we are delighted to take with us on our bridge trips all over the world. My brother is very proud of the fact that his current girlfriend is younger than his eldest daughter (his daughters are not nearly as impressed with this as he is). I love both dogs and cats, and Katie and I currently have 3 cats (Justine, Balthazar and Clea – unfortunately, Mountolive was killed a little while ago). I’ve lived in England, the USA, Sweden and Canada and played bridge in about two dozen countries. 

How do you explain the allure of the game to your non playing friends and family? We spend our hard earned money and recreation time in pursuit of what exactly?

I tell them I get to travel all over the world (sometimes on someone else’s nickel) and that wherever Katie and I go, we can call someone up and say “Let’s go out to dinner,” “How about a game of golf (or bridge).” And the game itself is endlessly fascinating and new.

You have a forum here John – a chance for people to find out more about you and also gain insights into expert bridge. What would you like to talk about?

Enough about bridge! I’d like to talk about the Shakespeare authorship controversy. I do have interests outside bridge, and this is one of them. It is one of the great mysteries of the past millenium. 

There is no doubt the man from Stratford is not the author of the Shakespeare canon – he was uneducated, left nothing written in his own hand (indeed probably could not even write), owned no books, never left England, knew nothing about the court of Queen Elizabeth, spoke no language other than English, and knew no law or possessed any of the other specialized knowledge evidenced by the writer of the plays.

Whoever wrote the plays travelled widely on the continent, especially in France and Italy, could read Greek, Latin, Italian, and French, knew the law, knew military and naval strategy, knew English, French and Italian history, had read the Greek and Latin classics (sometimes in the original as they’d not yet been translated), was familiar with the queen’s court (and that of France) and perhaps most tellingly, could address the royalty and titled classes of England as an equal. 

No commoner would dare do that in that age. The only evidence that the man from Stratford was the author of the Shakespeare canon was his name on the first folio, placed there by Ben Jonson some eight years after the Stratford man’s death. 

So who did write the plays and poems? The most popular candidates are Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere (the Earl of Oxford), William Stanley (the Earl of Darby), Mary Sidney (the Countess of Pembroke), Roger Manners (The

Earl of Rutland). Others even less likely, such as Queen Elizabeth herself, have been proposed. Various group theories have been propounded as well. A recent book, “The Truth Will Out” proposes Henry Neville, descendant of royalty, Oxford graduate, proficient linguist and onetime Ambassador to France, quite convincingly, I might add.

Whatever your beliefs, it is a great mystery, and I love a great mystery. 

John’s bridge playing accomplishments

Canadian Championships

CNTC 1st – 1983, 1987, 1999, and 2005 – I’ve come second more times than I wish to remember

COPC 1st – 1990

CSTC 1st – 2007


Master Mixed BAM Teams 1st 1991

Senior Swiss Teams 1st 2008

Senior KO Teams 1st 2008


Forbo Invitational Teams 1st (Netherlands) 2000

International Invitational Teams 1st (Netherlands) 2001

Represented Canada in World Championships (Player)

1978, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009

NPC (Open, Juniors, Women)

1985, 1989, 1991, 1991, (both women and juniors), 1992, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2006


Pakistan’s Bermuda Bowl team in 2007


-Chairman and Chief organizer, 1997 World Junior Championships in Hamilton

-Served on both Unit 166 and CBF Boards

-2 terms on ACBL Hall of Fame Committee

-Currently Chair of CBF Hall of Fame Committee

Writing and Editing

-Editor of Kibitzer since 2003 (and for 5 years in the 1980s)

-Editor of the International Bridge Press Association Bulletin since 2002

-Conductor of Marks & Comments (an MSC-like feature in “Bridge’ magazine, the UK version of The Bridge World, since 2008

-Author of Transnational Teams and Senior Teams sections of the annual World Championship books for 4 of last 5 years

-Daily Bulletin editor at Bermuda Regional

-Daily Bulletin editor at South American Championships

John, thank you very much for sharing with us. Enjoy the rest of your journey! 

PS John’s responses covered a lot of interesting ground here – please feel free to add your thoughts to  a particular comment if you have more to say





Eric KokishApril 4th, 2010 at 11:33 am

That’s terrific. Thanks, guys for making the interview happen

Fred LernerApril 4th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Great interview! A revealing insight about one of Canada’s best bridge players and a true gentleman. Be well and keep up the superb writing and playing. All the best to John and Katie 🙂

Mike Dorn WissApril 4th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

A fine interview indeed. It was great to get Jay Cee’s viewpoints on so many subjects. Hopefully, Fireman, you’ll keep the interviews of Canada’s top players and personalities going. In years to come a collection of these will be a welcome addition to the world bridge scene.

Peter KlineApril 4th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

What a brilliant and comprehensive interview…..what a pleasure to learn so much about such a widely respected individual.

Dave Memphis MOJOApril 4th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Great interview. The key to doing this is (obviously) asking good questions, and you certainly did that.

Cam FrenchApril 5th, 2010 at 1:27 am

Congratulations Ross.

Loved it. Fabulous.

JC, I have a funny story to share about your beloved – Katie.

Many moons ago I had season’s Blue Jay tickets (back when we were contenders) and I divied them up into lots, and people bought a six game package.

Katie always took one share.

We just had a baby and I told Katie. She asked – what did you call your child?

I said Satchel.

She asked with incredulity (understanding as EOK would) the historical (baseball) significance of the name) – “your wife let you call your son Satchel?” I told her it was my first and second choice. My third for strategic reasons was Thurgood.

If it was a girl – I was lobbying for Paige!

Thanks for the interview.

And to Katie – Satch is now 13 going on 18, girls knocking down the door. I say a chip off the old block – my wife laughs with derision. She knows better.


MichaelApril 5th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Thanks RT,

Great interview and excellent read, enjoyed it very much.

Steve GoldinApril 6th, 2010 at 12:03 am


Your questions generated an interview that was really a wonderful read. I really liked the format and heartily encourage you to expand your horizons to include others, like John, who, while well known on the International scene, are not appreciated enough by those of us local, lowly bridge players.

Judy Kay-WolffApril 6th, 2010 at 12:26 am


It is interesting that you gave your heart and soul to this interview as I know the ACBL was trying to interview Hall of Famers in Reno and preserve them on tape for posterity. Sadly so many of the United States’ superstars are no longer with us, but I did visit Tobias Stone (now almost 91) who does no travelling, but was able to have him answer questions prepared for me by the League. Hopefully, when Bobby and I go down to the new Headquarters in Mississippi, they can interview Bobby in person (and even asked if I would answer the same arranged set of questions regarding my late husband, Norman Kay).

I know Dorothy Frances did a fabulous interview with Edgar many, many years ago. However, there was an amusing background known to few. For some reason he and Norman were off for the evening (either a 5th and 6th on a team or were eliminated from some event). They had gone out to a sumptuous dinner with their mutually close friend, Peter Pender, and did a huge amount of wine tasting (mainly Peter and Edgar — Norman may have had a sip as he was basically a non-drinker). Peter and Edgar departed the restaurant feeling no pain. All I can add is — Dorothy got herself one helluva interview!

We look forward to reading more of your one-on-ones!



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¿A qué viene tanta preocupación ahora? Ya se sabía desde que vino que estas empresas montan y desmontan en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. La provincia se quedará con 1500 parados más. No pasa nada, que el ayuntamiento ya hizo sus deberes, esto es, asfaltó un poco las calles de San José próximas al Poligono. Y poco mas puede hacer. ¿Y los sindicatos? Luchando por si la moqueta es perjudicial o no… ¿donde está el 30% de plantilla fija que exigenel Convenio?

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