Judy Kay-Wolff


Since the blog comments and sites are inundated with strong opinions, thoughts, theories, explanations, suggestions, mandates, reservations, criticisms, arguments pro and con regarding the laws, rules, alerts and restrictions on conventions …. IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE WHO CAN SUPPLY THE ACTUAL NAMES OF THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE FOLLOWING ACBL COMMITTEES  WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE DIVISIONS — if there are such things?


2)  LAWS


With all the free spirits around and dozens of conflicting versions of what is right and wrong, it would be helpful for everyone to know who is ACCOUNTABLE for the present system — as it stands.   I don’t want a chart or list of rules and regulations.   Just the names please — just the names!


PegMay 13th, 2009 at 2:26 am

Does this help?


Chris HasneyMay 13th, 2009 at 3:34 am

Edgar Kaplan. But he’s hard to reach these days.

Chris HasneyMay 13th, 2009 at 3:48 am

T/he nice thing is that he can consult with Sonny Moyse without much difficulty.

JUDY KAY-WOLFFMay 13th, 2009 at 4:00 am


You have a very lugubrious sense of humor but I guarantee you Edgar would have done a helluva lot better job than any of our reigning chiefs of staff. For your information Edgar died in September of 1997 and lots of changes have taken place since then. I guarantee you if he were still around things much of the turmoil would not exist. He was the voice of reason — and today’s people couldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole!

Chris HasneyMay 13th, 2009 at 4:04 am

Which Is why I mentioned him, of course. We are losing our history rapidly. Also our vocabulary. I had to go to Websters. Quite a nice choice of word — very apt.

Dwayne HoffmanMay 13th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Lugubrious I had recently in an expert level crossword puzzle. I was rather amused when I filled it in.

JUDY KAY-WOLFFMay 13th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Chris, sorry if I mistook your respect for sarcasm. However, I believe the State of the Union (our American Bridge organization, that is) is going from bad to worse. No one is willing to step up to the plate and assume responsibility for what it has become — which in the opinion of many is in dire need of help. And, at its present stage, it is virtually impossible to separate personal agendas, conflicts of interest and what is best for our majestic hobby- which in the early days was merely indulged in for the glory of winning.

Edgar was brilliant and very intuitive, I can tell you from personal experience (having been around him for nearly forty years) that he was against sponsored bridge teams and even in its embryonic stages recognized the multitude of negative offshoots which would slowly surface. Seeing is believing!

Chris HasneyMay 14th, 2009 at 4:56 am

I asked someone in the know about your question, and here is the response…

1. Competitions and Conventions Committee

Steve Beatty, Chair; Doug Doub, Rick Beye, Nadine Wood, George Retek, Elaine Said, Henry Bethe, Bob Hamman, Jeff Meckstroth, Peggy Sutherlin and Mildred Breed

2. Laws Committee

Chip Martel, Chair; Adam Wildawsky, Vice Chair; Robb Gordon, Jeffrey Polisner, Eric Rodwell, Roger Stern, Matt Smith, Ron Gerard, Peter Boyd, Allan Falk, John Soledar, Chris Compton, Howard Weinstein, Georgia Heth, Peggy Sutherlin.

3. Alerts

There is no such committee. I think these would be handled by the Laws Committee.

Hope that helps

JUDY KAY-WOLFFMay 14th, 2009 at 3:58 pm


Your efforts were a tremendous help. It is obvious who the influential people are who run the show and those who rubberstamp their recommemdations. It won’t affect me as I am slowing down and not traveling much — but it will take its toll in the future as personal agendas rear their ugly heads.