Judy Kay-Wolff


I have always enjoyed Brent’s focus on different subjects and this month’s caught my eye – celebrating the 75th anniversary of the ACBL.      He continues “We have been tossing around ideas for coverage in this magazine, starting next  month and leading up to the observance in 2012.   One of the ideas I like a lot is a Top 52 list of influential bridge people over the last 75 years.”   Obviously the majority will be predominently successful stars but the story begins long before their success.

I have a nominee – that few would either remember, heard of or recommend – and that is LEE HAZEN.  Not only was he an administrator, legislator, Hall of Famer, etc., etc. but when the ACBL was merely a vision and was just getting started,  it was Lee’s personal funding that kept it afloat till it could stand on its own two feet.  So, without Lee, there may have been no organization, no tournaments, no bridge bulletin and certainly no editorials.

Just my two cents!


JeffNovember 5th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Judy, there’s a wonderful thread on BridgeWinners about the Top 52. Not recalling having seen Hazen’s name mentioned there, I wonder if you might consider adding your insight to the discussion on BridgeWinners.

Judy Kay-WolffNovember 5th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Hi Jeff:

I did see the site but forget my password. I’ll have to bother Gavin on Monday.

Lee certainly belongs on the list. He was in ‘my day” and one of the most charming, quick-witted men I ever met — in and out of the bridge world.

Thanks for picking up on it.


John Howard GibsonNovember 6th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

HBJ : I hope you are in next 52 through your great blogging achievements ( assuming you didn’t make it into the initial cut ). Bloggers in my view are the unsung heroes/heroines of modern day bridge literature.

Judy Kay-WolffNovember 6th, 2011 at 1:49 pm


You are very sweet and have a great sense of humor but hardly would I begin to qualify. I can’t imagine them arrowing it down to 52 — but your thought was very flattering.

I just tell it like it is. I always have and always will. I don’t get intimidated easily.