Judy Kay-Wolff

KEEPING UP WITH STONEY

I just spent a delightful few hours with Tobias Stone’s sister Shirley and his niece Pat .   Since he is no spring chicken (having celebrated his 92nd birthday June 8th), time is fleeting and Shirley (a lovely looking blonde from Florida who was recently widowed) arranged to meet her charming daughter Pat in NY and converged on Las Vegas Thursday night together to pay Stoney a visit at Saint Joe’s Medical Facility.   Because most of his family is gone, he counted the days till their arrival.  Pat shared a number of  memories of her Uncle Tobias relating her exciting youthful experiences when Stoney hosted her family on several trips where she met countless famous people (Omar Sharif, Yul  Brynner, Sam Spiegel, Billy Wilder, etc.).

When the three of us brunched at the Riviera this morning, I learned so many hilarious experiences of Stoney from his younger days (no surprise) that delighted me no end.  What a character!!!!   He should have written an autobiography.  It would have been an instant best seller.  He did it all — and besides had a distinguished bridge career to boot.  After an hour of nostalgia at the coffee shop, we headed to see Stoney for another hour and then I left for home but Bobby and I will be back to see him Tuesday on the way to our bridge outing.  We always look forward to his incorrigible sense of humor and unequaled wit.  Some things never change.

Stoney is the last of the living legends from the fifties …..the days of the early champions that haunted the exhilarating New York bridge scene.


4 Comments

RKJanuary 8th, 2012 at 3:50 am

Very touching!

Judy Kay-WolffJanuary 8th, 2012 at 3:56 am

Yes, Stoney is the last of the early living legends. Brings back a lot of humorous memories.

CPJanuary 8th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Stoney probably had the best and funniest personality of all the early players as he was always holding court and keeping his audience in stitches.

Judy Kay-WolffJanuary 14th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Bobby is probably one of Stoney’s biggest fans — being friends with him for over fifty years. As we left him the other day, headed to the car, Bobby repeated one of his best lines. Back in the 70s, Bobby referred to a play he saw on a Sunday football game, when Stoney quickly injected .. “I didn’t know TV reached Texas yet.” What a fast, funny wit. And, believe it or not, at 92, he hasn’t lost it.

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