Judy Kay-Wolff


… the words from a song in a 1944 Judy Garland film of the same name – but today more reminiscent of the hundreds of bridge players who converged on St. Louis for the Spring Nationals which are going on as we speak.  I remember one tournament I attended in that city – but so long ago, I cannot be sure of the year.   1987 rings a bell.  In fact, I think there were three others held there – all Spring Nationals.

I have been following some of the results via the Daily Bulletins from the ACBL NABC site.  With the exception of nearby San Francisco, I have not attended a National in nearly five years when it was held here in Las Vegas.  As I read some of the names and events, I felt like I have been residing in outer space and lost contact with the real world.   There are so many new names with whom I am unfamiliar and for the most part – a changing of the guard at ACBL headquarters both at Horn Lake and St. Louis(with a couple of staunch exceptions like Brent Manley and Paul Linxweiler).

Few of the real old timers are still around.  In particular, I scanned the names on the Vanderbilt rosters, an event I kibitzed for half a century.   Though an impressively strong field, it was a muddle of American experts (some of whom have migrated here and attained citizenship) and visiting professional standouts from abroad – rounded out by some optimistic sponsors.   It is a gigantic field and I  look forward to watching BBO and hearing the commentary.   However — not as entertaining as when Ron Anderson et al. were at the vugraph mike, always playing before a crowded and enthusiastic audience.  Those are delightful memories to me – but as I have said before – things change and time marches on.


JSMarch 20th, 2013 at 12:43 am

Growing older in the bridge world (having been surrounded by the creme de la creme) has it’s advantages. Love sharing your remembrances of the old timers and what went on before. I do remember Ron Anderson with his side kicks — especially Edgar Kaplan and Bobby. It was a combination of education and humor. Those were the days!

Judy Kay-WolffMarch 20th, 2013 at 12:49 am

Hi JS:

I spent many a session as a “live” kibitzer — but eventually did go out on my own with some of my special partners. After our games we would go down to the vugraph room and watch on the big screen and listen to the analyses of the hands. I remember the crowds that flowed in after their games had ended. Hats off to whomever created the vugraph spectacular which I understand has been renamed the Peter Pender Memorial Theater — but I have not seen it in person. It was a fitting tribute and long overdue.