Judy Kay-Wolff


I am trying to retrace some bridge history and am soliciting whatever help I can get.  Peter Pender died in November of 1990.  He had left a generous amount of money to the ACBL.   There were two separate bequests – one to the Juniors, particularly for trophies and another regarding the vu-graph.   Does anyone recall the last time they remember the use of (or watched) the actual Pendergraph, as such?   Thanks.   


Judy Kay-WolffMay 31st, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I believe the deafening silence indicates it was a long, long, long time ago.

Larry LowellJune 2nd, 2010 at 7:41 am

I remember seeing the Vugraph (Pendergraph?) @ the Houston 2002 NABC.

Judy Kay-WolffJune 2nd, 2010 at 8:09 am

Thanks, Lowell, for the singular Pendergraph sighting. However, nothing since.



Ray LeeJune 7th, 2010 at 11:43 am

What’s the difference between Pendergraph and Fred’s modern VuGraph presentations? I can remember watching VG at the Nationals in the 1990s, so the question is, what was I watching?

Judy Kay-WolffJune 8th, 2010 at 9:32 am

Good question, Ray!!!!!!

The answer to your first question is probably $50,000.

That is the sum of money (in addition to the $27,500 for the Juniors) that Peter left to the ACBL/Educational Foundation back in about 1990 for the perpetuation of his name by the changing of the already existing Vugraph and re-naming it The Pendergraph (and the smaller amount to creating a PETER PENDER JUNIOR TROPHY to be engraved and presented to the winning juniors at the Trials each year — starting back in 1990). The strange fact remains is that the Junior allocation is now in the $28,000 range (overage obviously because of interest)

but obviously the trophy engraving and issuing fell by the wayside.

I have contacted: (1) the CEO (who referred me to a member of the EF); (2) a member of the BOD who has copied the entire Board and also the Board of Governors. Hopefully these issues will be addressed at the upcoming New Orleans NABC and we will get to the bottom of the

glaring problem.

We are trying to resolve the following issues:

(1) Namely WHEN THE PENDERGRAPH WAS switched over to BBO (a great invention) and the usage of the name PENDERGRAPH was halted.

(2) WHO authorized the use of the missing $40,000 as only about $10,000 remains.


4) Other than being spent for “upkeep and maintenance” (which was not Peter’s principal intention): WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REMAINING $40,000?

More later, when I get the confirmed answers.

Judy Kay-WolffJune 8th, 2010 at 9:36 am


In re-reading your comment above, it was not necessarily a PENDERGRAPH SIGHTING — but rather a question whether it was called the VUGRAPH or the PENDERGRAPH? Right?


Larry LowellJune 23rd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Correct. I don’t recall the Vugraph ever being called the Pendergraf, and what I watched was indeed called the Vugraph.

Lisa SmithAugust 10th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I believe I watched a vugraph presentation on the Pendergraph big screen in Reno 1998.