History of U.S. Table Tennis Vol IV
By Tim Boggan (Copyright 2000)

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CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

 

1968: End-of-season tournaments ($1100 Masters Classic). 1968: European/Asian Play.

 

            Harrison thought that perhaps President Steenhoven would appoint someone from the West Coast to the vacant Corresponding Secretary office, especially since next season’s U.S. Open would be held in San Francisco. But though he didn’t, that didn’t mean the Pacific Northwest and California were “dead” to the USTTA. At the Oregon Open, Carl “King” Cole was back to win the Men’s in 5 from Harry McFadden who’d stopped Bill Leishman, -9, 13, 23, 24. Cole paired with Leishman to take the Doubles from Earl Adams/Jeff Kurtz.

At the Sacramento Open, Tony Sutivej, who’d been the Thai Champion just before Surasak, won the Singles from George Makk, and the Doubles with Peter Yeung (after being down 2-0 and at 21-all in the 3rd). Women’s winner: Jeanne Wrase. A’s: Yeung over Chan. B’s: Jeff Mason in the semi’s over Abellera, 25-23 in the deciding 3rd, and in the final over Gerald Zeilenga, 24-22 in the 4th. Senior’s: Abellera (that’s Tom Abellera who 10 years earlier played for Washington, D.C. in the Intercities?) over Sam Lima. Under 17: David Chan over Mason. Under 15: Mason over Leung, 19 in the 3rd.

            Hooray! The Lamb Chevrolet Co. of National City, CA put up an unprecedented $1100 in prize money for their Apr. Invitational Masters Classic. The venue was their Chevvy showroom, and Don Lindo was there to thank Mark Adelman, the organizer of the tournament, and to cover the story for the Apr. Topics (6-7). Although there was no entry fee, the tournament hype suggested that the very best players in the country would participate, and, as there were just 1st through 5th-place prizes in the one Invitational event, it drew only 10 players. Those from other areas of the country who were extended invitations must have figured they had little chance to meet expenses, and so didn’t come. But what they missed! Here’s Don:

“…As far as hospitality was concerned, a fairy god-mother couldn’t have done better. Lamb Chevrolet provided players with luxurious autos for their use during the two-day stay and, when the company learned the players were dining at a local restaurant, they picked up the tab. After the tournament, Neil Hirt, General Manager of Lamb Chevrolet, arranged a get-together at his home….”

 

            Of course D-J Lee took the $300 1st prize with a smile, but, as Don says, in that showroom, table tennis wasn’t the only thing on his mind. D-J “hopped behind the steering wheel of a new Chevrolet Corvette with all the exuberance of a kid mounting a rocking horse. One would have thought he expected to get the car instead of the check.”

            It wasn’t just Lee who was the center of attention though—for upsets were abundant. In fact, “the real hero of the tournament proved to be the 17-year-old boy wonder Glenn Cowan.” Says Don, who can turn a phrase, “Although it may be said that two things Cowan lacks most are self-control and a hair-cut, he seemed to be bothered by neither. Down 0-2 in games to Sweeris, he staged an amazing comeback to win the next three [including the 4th at deuce].” Then, against Erwin Klein, after “being given the score equivalent for the first game of a pat on the head and a bounce on the knee (Glenn didn’t get 10 points),” he proceeded to show “little respect for his elder” and finished him off 3-zip. Also, against Ray Fahlstrom (whose one win was over Richard Rodriguez, 19 in the 4th), Glenn at 1-1 took the key 3rd game, 22-20. As for Klein, who’d end up in 5th place, he had the same fast start against Sweeris that he did against Cowan, then was totally out of it.

            Adelman, who finished 6th, had his moments. He “viciously looped and mercilessly smashed his way to victory in straight games over the defensive classicist, Wayne Obertone.” Wayne, in turn, though he won only one match, made that one count—he beat U.S. #3 Danny Pecora. Howie Grossman, like Obertone a rubber defender, almost stopped 3rd-place finisher Pecora—lost deuce in the 5th. Lindo had this observation to make about Danny:

 

“…Playing relentlessly throughout the competition, his serious and quiet demeanor was occasionally broken by a one syllable mock laugh (given when his opponent made a great shot)…a laugh which had the unusual quality of conveying Pecora’s bewilderment at his opponent making such a good shot, as well as Pecora’s surprise that he himself didn’t return it.”

 

            Sweeris avenged himself against 4th-place finisher Cowan—beat Glenn, as did Pecora, in a play-off match. Dell then came runner-up to Lee, acquitting himself well by taking a rare game from the Champ. The sponsorship of this “professional” tournament gives hope to Sweeris and others that money prizes will “stimulate growth and interest” in table tennis and thus raise the Sport’s stature in the U.S. Time will tell whether Amateurism, or Shamateurism, rules will, or will not, be a prevailing force against this new movement.

            U.S. #16 Joe Sokoloff, who sells table tennis and billiard trophies, equipment and sportswear out of Kansas City, had done well in the ITS Matches at the U.S. Open—beating Cowan, Tannehill, and Pecora among others, while losing only to top finishers D-J Lee and Jack Howard. Two weeks later he won the Oklahoma City Open over David Bell. However, David and his brother Kevin took the Doubles—from Joe and Richard James. Women’s went to Norma LeBlanc over J. Preston; and Norma and her husband came 1st in the Mixed over Preston/Ken LaFleur. A’s: Ed Ellis over Dewald. B’s: Bob Petty over Glen Markwell. C’s: Russ Finley. Senior’s: Dewald over Lou Coates. Under 17: K. Bell over Behymer in 5. Under 15: Behymer over Billy LaFleur, 18 in the 3rd.

            Sokoloff came the following week to the Great Plains Open, but for whatever reason defaulted all his round-robin semifinal Singles matches and his Doubles final. Men’s winner was U.S. #14 Dick Hicks over runner-up Frank Tharaldson who defeated Roy Fatakia (from down 2-0), 18 in the 5th. Bob Chen/K. Wong took the Doubles after Sokoloff/Dave Ford had eliminated Hicks/John Malley in 5. Jean Varker won the Women’s from Norma Hicks, the Women’s B’s from Erma Fatakia, and with Christy Logan the Women’s Doubles from Sonia Saale/Fatakia. Mixed, however, went to the Hickses over Pierce and Christy Logan. A’s went to Roy Fatakia over perennial St. Charles Closed Champion Jim Wachter in the semi’s and Larry Chisolm in the final. B’s to Gerald Schuster over Homer Brown in 5, then Ackerman in the final. C’s to Joe Bujalski. Come season’s end, the St. Louis Club will present a USTTA Emblem Award to Art Fiebig for his help with Junior Players. 

             Chicago’s Steve Isaacson is playing in the Central Florida Closed? Yes, and, having escaped Jim Leggett in 5, winning the Men’s easily over Paul Soltesz. Surely, though, Steve didn’t play with his checkerboard? Don’t laugh. Here’s what Bob Rudulph reports in the Apr. Topics (11):

 

“…[Steve with his checkerboard] has worked up a devastating offensive game, a retinue of serves, a following of fans, and a patter of burlesque comments to interject during play. After defeating one opponent with a series of unbelievable and unreturnable drives, he quipped, ‘This is the worst checkerboard I’ve ever played with. Does anyone have a sponge checkerboard?’

On another occasion, after defeating a USTTA official (whose name we won’t mention, but whose initials are J. Rufford Harrison) he offered the use of his checkerboard to the not-too-happy official and a 19-point spot on the condition he use only the white squares….”

 

            Bob Hughes won the Delaware Closed Singles and (with Don Estep) Doubles. A’s: Rufford Harrison in the semi’s (from down 2-0) over Jim Miller and in the final over Blaine Tilghman who’d eliminated Estep in 5. B’s: Miller over Bob Hoffheinz. Consolation runner-up Evan Guyer “painted a new ball with orange-red fluorescent paint” and took it to his Wilmington, DE club for a tryout. Yes, yes, yes, he said, I can really see it—a big improvement over the white ball. And what did his club-mate, Rufford Harrison, the DuPont chemist, and soon-to-be ITTF Equipment Chair, think of that?  Hah, he’s not surprised: “the impact of color TV in Europe could well put a premium on more adventurous color-schemes”; hence, research in Germany suggests that “a yellow ball can be seen more easily against a black table.” 

            Twenty-eight years after he won the Pennsylvania State Championship, Mike Lieberman did it again—this time by beating Dave Gaskill who’d reached the final with a 5-game win over Marty Theil. Last year Mike was awarded the “Seymour Coren Award” for his non-playing contribution to Philadelphia tennis. (Years later Mike would be part owner, president and head professional at a 950-member prestigious tennis club, so already he must have been well on his way to such success.) Presumably, too, by this time Mike’s into karate—the Okinawan Kempo style that Gene Wilson mentions in a later piece on him (TTT, Apr., 1982, 28). Certainly at this PA Closed, Mike was dominating events as if he were mastering katas. In the Doubles, he paired with Dave to defeat Theil and Bill Sharpe. In the Senior’s, he flattened Sam Weiss, after Sam had 24-22-in-the-3rd sent Milt Lederer to the mat.

D-J Lee didn’t play Singles in the Ohio Closed—which of course resulted in Tannehill winning the semifinal round robin over runner-up John Spencer, Dick Evans (1-2), and Dick Winters. Lee, however, did partner Bill Hodge to a 19-in-the-4th Doubles win over Tannehill/Richard Farrell. Women’s went to Cheri Papier over Doris Mercz, and the Mixed to Papier/Tannehill over Doris and her husband Ferenc (“Frank”) Mercz. A’s: Jim Supensky over Art Holloway who’d prevailed 23-21 in the 5th over Lyle Thiem. A Doubles: Thiem/Holloway over Supensky/Mercz in 5. Under 15’s: Mark Wampler over Under 13 winner Bruce Allen. Senior’s: Lou Radzeli—in the final over Bob Allen and in the semi’s (from down 2-0) over Cincinnati’s Ed Morgan, whose “wit and humanity,” Dick Evans notes, “have long been a salving presence in Ohio table tennis.”

            Canadians, with one exception, won every event at the Apr. Ontario Open. The Ontario TTA, I note, gives a break to the Juniors—doesn’t charge them entry fees at their tournaments. In the Men’s final, Derek Wall’s “stonewall defence” finally wore down Marinko in the 5th, especially after Max’s –11, 17, 18, -22, 19 semi’s with Martin Ivakitsch took a heavy toll on him. Women’s winner was of course Violetta Nesukaitis over Shirley Gero. But Shirley teamed with Jose Tomkins to outplay Violetta and her sister Flora, said to have been partners for only the second time. What with “Violetta’s steadiness and Flora’s brilliant attacking,” the hope is they’ll be unbeatable—that is, in North America. Mixed went to Violetta/Ivakitsch over Velta Adminis/Modris Zulps. Men’s B’s: Buffalo’s Jim Dixon over Carl Thorpe, then George Rideout, both in 5.

            At the New Jersey Closed, Jeff Swersky beat Harvey Gutman, 23-21 in the 4th, after Harvey had to work against Mike Kuklakis and Nate Stokes. Jeff and Harvey, as expected, took the Doubles—from George Holz/Norm Richter. Women’s winner was Serena Choi over Harvey’s sister, Bonnie Gutman. Mixed went to Choi/Swersky over Gutman/Gutman. A’s: Jerry Fleischhacker over Ivan Steibris. A Doubles: Mitch Sealtiel/Bob Saperstein over father Al and son Richard Nochenson, 23-21 in the 5th. Senior’s: Stokes over Nochenson, 18 in the 5th. Under 17’s: Sealtiel over Fleischhacker. Under 15’s: Sealtiel over Nochenson.

            Tim Boggan, with “his constant picking and great defense,” won the Long Island Closed over George Brathwaite in the semi’s and Defending Champion Errol Resek in the final. Men’s Doubles went to Brathwaite/Resek over Boggan/Mitch Silbert, 19 in the 4th. Jamaica’s Monica de Souza, the 1966 and ’67 Caribbean Champion, took the Women’s from Margaret Burnett in the semi’s and Alice Green in the final, both in 5. In Women’s Doubles, the Monica/Margaret duo at 1-1 won the pivotal 3rd game to beat Eleanor Leonhardt/Vija Livins in 4. Mixed winners were Brathwaite/Burnett over Boggan/Leonhardt.

            Other winners: A’s: Danny Banach in 5 over Sid Jacobs who survived an 18, -15, -20, 22, 16 marathon with Stu Lassar, later in Iceland Bobby Fischer’s t.t. sparring partner as the eccentric Grandmaster relaxed for his famous World Championship match with Boris Spassky. Senior’s: Henry Deutsch over Phil Hadland, 27-25 in the 4th. Senior Doubles: Mitch Silbert/Jacobs over Bernie Lieber/Dave Mandel. Boys Under 17: Charles Freund over Stan Klein, 23-21 in the 5th, after Stan had rallied to down Bill Steinroeder in 5. Girls Under 17: Alice Green over Marilyn Sommer. Under 15’s: Freund over Leonhardt, 23, 15, 21, then Adelman, 16, 20, 21. Under 13’s: Adelman over John McGraw.

            Some fierce matches in the May New York Open. In the quarter’s, Sam Takayama, down 2-0 and at deuce in the 3rd, came back to beat Resek, then –20, -30, -15 went down swinging as they say to George Brathwaite who, having previously defeated Berchin in 4, reached the final. His overpowering opponent there was Bukiet who’d beaten Landau 3-0 in the semi’s, but who’d been forced into the 5th in the quarter’s with Boggan. Women’s winner was Chotras over Neuberger.

 

1967-68 European/Asian Play

            I’d presumed New Yorker Shazzi Felstein’s name would be in the N.Y. Open results, for surely by now she was back from vacationing in Europe. At any event, in his Topics article (May, 1968, 3) on the 1968 European Championships, held Apr. 17-24 in Lyon, France, our International Chair Rufford Harrison elaborates on what Shazzi, a spectator, has seen there. “Attendance was very poor,” said Shazzi. “There were almost no spectators at all, even at the finals….The only other American there was Doug Cartland, unless you count Norbert Van de Walle. He sends regards to all his American friends.” Shazzi thought the matches very exciting, but, she said, “I missed having a team to root for.” She’s looking forward to the Munich World’s where “ I can cheer for the Americans and watch the Oriental players.”

            Good thought, Shazz—the more so because it allows me, before returning to talk of the Europeans, to segue into what’s been happening with the Asian players. Best for the U.S. to be prepared, eh?

At the 1967 Asian Championships in Singapore, neither China nor Taiwan participated, though no doubt for different reasons. Rumors were rife that China’s #1 Chuang Tse-tung and his Coach, Fu Chi-fang, were killed “as they attempted to flee China,” and that #2 Li Fu-jung and #3 Chou Lan-sun “had managed to escape, probably to Taiwan.” As it turned out, these were false rumors. Rufford refers to a letter sent by the Chinese TTA to ITTF Founder President Ivor Montagu. According to Rufford, this letter says that the Chinese table tennis players “are currently taking part in the Cultural Revolution and that, fortified by this experience, they will return….”

The TTA of the People’s Republic of China makes clear in a Feb. 29, 1968 letter to ITTF President Roy Evans that The Cultural Revolution is a force to be reckoned with:

 

“The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, initiated and led by our great leader Chairman Mao personally, has spread to the whole of China, arousing the 700 million people. In the short space of a year and more, this unprecedented revolutionary movement has won decisive victory and blazed out for our country a brilliant path for the consolidation of proletarian dictatorship and for the complete realization of the socialist revolution. It has educated the masses, the youth and also our sportsmen and workers for physical culture. It has greatly promoted the ideological revolutionization of the whole nation. As a result, our great motherland has never been so strong as it is today. The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is a very important mark indicating that Marxism-Leninism has developed into the era of Mao Tse-tung’s thought. The revolutionary people of the whole world support resolutely our Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution; they are greatly inspired by its victory and see their bright future in it. Only U.S. imperialism, Soviet revisionism and reaction of various countries are frightened out of their wits by China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and rack their brains to slander and curse it….”

 

            In another letter, written at the same time, this one to ITTF Secretary-Treasurer A. K. Vint, the Chinese TTA shows, again, that everyone in table tennis had better take heed of its unequivocal position:

 

“…We resolutely oppose the I.T.T.F. and its committees to discuss, under whatever pretext and in whatever form, the application for membership from the so-called “Table Tennis Association of the Republic of China” of the Chiang Kai-shek’s bandit gang. We resolutely oppose the “Asian Table Tennis Federation”—to which the table tennis “organization” of the Chiang Kai-shek’s bandit gang is affiliated—being listed side by side with the recognized continental federations. Those who disregard the 700 million Chinese people’s firm stand and insist on serving the U.S. imperialists’ plot to create “two Chinas” shall be responsible for all the serious consequences arising therefrom….”  

 

            So, no wonder neither China nor Taiwan were entered in the Asian Championships. Did Singapore want to get in the middle of a “Two Chinas” war? Did the ITTF? But want to or not, would the Federation have any other choice but to be drawn into it?

            In Men’s Team play, it was Japan over South Korea 5-2—with Kim Chee-hwa defeating World Champion Nobuhiko Hasegawa, and Chung-Yong Kim, semifinalist in our 1967 San Diego U.S. Open, beating World Runner-up Mitsuru Kohno. Reportedly, our current U.S. Junior Champion Surasak “had the third best record” in this team event. The Women’s Team’s saw Japan prevail over South Korea 3-2—with Choi Jung-suk defeating Saeko Hirota, and Choi/No Hwa-ja beating the World Doubles Champions Hirota/Morisawa.

            In Men’s Singles play, Japan’s Hajime Kagimoto, prior to losing in the semi’s to Kohno, won in 5 over Houshang Bozorgzadeh who was spending some interim years in Iran before coming permanently back to the States. Chung-Yong Kim, though beaten by the eventual winner Hasegawa, stopped future World Champion Shigeo Ito in 5. In Women’s Singles play, runner-up Choi Jung-suk, before losing in the final to Yoon Ki-sook, a shakehands defender “with a surprise backhand kill shot,” eliminated 17-year-old Choi Hwan-hwan who’d upset World Singles Champion Sachiko Morisawa. Men’s Doubles went to Kohno/Ito over Hasegawa/Kagimoto. Women’s Doubles to Morisawa/Hirota over Nagata/Yukie Ohzeki. Mixed to Shiro Inoue/Hirano over Hasegawa/Nagata.

            At the 1968 Asian Championships in Djakarta, South Korea won the Women’s Team’s, but in the Singles the best their Choi Jong Sook could do was come runner-up to the current Japanese and now Asian Champion Yukie Ohzeki. In a Men’s Singles semi, the 1967, ’68 Japanese Champion Ito upset World Champion Hasegawa, but then fell to Mitsuru Kohno.             At Japan’s Intercollegiate Championships, the men’s winner was Kawahara—over Hasegawa and Kagimoto. Kohno, too, was upset, as was Hirota. Still later, at the S.E. Asia and Pacific Championships (SEAPATT),* Japan finished 1st in both Team events; Hasegawa took the Men’s from his winning Doubles partner Ito; and the Japanese won the Mixed. However, the South Korean women were best in Singles and Doubles: Choi Jung-sook defeated Yoon Ki-sook; and Yoon/Kim In-ok were A-o.k. over Choi Jung-sook/Choi Hwan-hwan.

            Of course, these Japanese and South Korean players will be the “Orientals” at Munich that Shazzi Felstein and how many other Americans will want to watch. Meanwhile, back to the Europeans.

This was the first year of the European League (minus the strong Swedish, Yugoslav, and Romanian teams). It was won, despite an unexpected 3-4 loss to England, by Russia (5-1; 32-10 in Games W/L) over Czechoslovakia (5-1; 31-11 in Games W/L). However, at the Feb. 29-Mar.2 English Open, the Russian Men’s team of Stanislav Gomozkov, Europe #1 who can’t be more than 20, and Anatoly Amelin, only 21, were beaten 3-2 by Istvan Korpa, the #1, and Dragutin Surbek, the #2, Yugoslav players—this despite the fact that “Moscow University engineering student” Gomozkov had won the Singles (over Hungary’s Istvan Jonyer, Matyas Beleznai, and Peter Rozsas) and with Zoya Rudnova the Mixed (over this season’s highly successful pair, Denis Neale/Mary Wright). No surprise then that Korpa/Surbek were powerful enough to take the Men’s Doubles from the Romanians Dorin Giurguica/Radu Negulescu.

In this 6th European Championships in Lyon that Shazzi was watching, the Russian men lost the Team’s to the Swedes (3-5)—Hans “Hasse” Alser at this point, Shazzi said, was playing marvelously. Also representing Sweden on this winning Team was one, Stellan Bengtsson II (the second Stellan Bengtsson to play for Sweden), known, says Rufford, “because of his size and age (about 14) as Mini-Stellan.”

However, neither the Russians nor the Swedes could win the Men’s Singles—that went to unseeded Surbek (SHOOR-beck) who powered through Germany’s Eberhard Schoeler, Hungarian Open winner Beleznai in 5, and, before downing Hungary’s “modern defender” Janos Borzsei 18 in the 5th in the final, Sweden’s Alser. Suddenly, said Shazzi, the Swede “looked nervous and played terribly.” But, hey, she said as much about Gomozkov whom she didn’t see lose those League matches to England…or win the English Open. Gomozkov, she said, “Doesn’t look so good. Doesn’t play a smart game, gets rattled.” Uh-huh—but, oh, that backhand.

By way of explanation for his loss to Surbek, Hasse, who’d eliminated “Yardo” Stanek, told Rufford that “he can play against hitters and choppers…but not against spinny players like himself.” Sweden’s Kjell Johansson also lost to Borzsei in 5. Shazzi said that in the final of the Men’s Doubles the World Champion Swedes “played incredibly badly” in losing to the unseeded Yugo team of Edvard Vecko/Anton “Tova” Stipancic (STIP-an-chitch).

At the earlier English Open in Brighton, all four Women’s quarter’s matches had gone 5 games—it was Romania’s Eleanora Mihalca over Hungary’s 1958, ’60, and ’64 European Women’s Champion Eva Koczian; 23-year-old Svetlana Grinberg over England’s Wright; Hungary’s Erzebet Juric over the Czech Marta Luzova; and Romania’s Defending European Champion Maria Alexandru (from down 2-0) over Russian penholder Rudnova. Shazzi says Rudnova “looks terrific, but can get nervous.” Especially when she’s ahead? For, says Shazzi, she’s the “best player from behind I’ve ever seen.” Mihalca, the surprise winner, won the three close games that allowed her to beat Grinberg in the semi’s and Alexandru in the final. Grinberg/Rudnova also came up short in Women’s Doubles when Luzova and Jitka Karlikova Czechmated them, 3-2.

I assume that the Russians, as they’d done at the ’67 World’s, had selected their Team to the European’s well in advance—which, they said, “eliminated nervousness because the selected players were not plagued by the fear of losing their places.” But although they’d gone to Tokyo for matches with the Japanese, this didn’t help them play the Europeans any better.** Indeed, in Lyon Barna thought their nerves were bad. They lost the Women’s Team event there—were able to beat the Czechs 3-0, but then got blanked in the final by West Germany’s Agnes Simon and Edit Bucholz.

In the Women’s Singles, the Czech sensation, 15-year-old Ilona Vostova (VOSH-tova), stopped Grinberg (the Russian looked “very bad most of the time,” said Shazzi), then beat Rudnova “in a classic, counter-hitting final.” And, in spite of what Shazzi called their “funny looking” (but effective) style, Luzova/Karlikova repeated their English Open Women’s Doubles win over Rudnova/Grinberg—though it was a miracle of rare device that allowed them in the semi’s, from 13-19 down in the 5th, to ice Mary Wright/Karenza Smith’s warm rush to English glory. Finally, though, Gomozkov/Rudnova were able to bring one European Championship back to the motherland—the Mixed over Giurgiuca/Alexandru. “It was a terrible final,” said Shazzi—to which one could only instinctively reply, “Well, not many people had to see it.” 

 

    

SELECTED NOTES.

            *This SEAPATT tournament is not to be confused with the 1967-68 season’s Southeast Asian Peninsula Games (SEAP). The SEAP Team event was won by South Vietnam over Thailand. In Singles, South Vietnam’s Inh Le-Van defeated Thailand’s Chayanond Wuvanich, later known when he comes to live for a time in the States as “Charlie” Wuvanich. Doubles winners are Surasak and his partner “Peter Pradit” who, after some years in the U.S., will play for us in the 1973 Sarajevo and 1975 Calcutta World’s.

            **Nor did an experiment they tried at an international tournament they held in March—playing Doubles without the center line—help. Which reminds me of an article I’d read from the Apr. 29, 1966 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun involving a law student intent on setting a Talkathon record by speaking for 82 hours, allowing himself only two-minute eating breaks. Here, specifically is what that student intended to do:

 

“…His topic is ‘Ping-Pong Balls and Items Relevant to Them.’…After a three hour introduction and a 21-hour dissertation on the ping pong table…[the student will discuss] the derivation and placement of white lines on the table….”

 

            Since in Vol. III we’d seen International Chair Rufford Harrison’s interest in doing away with the center line, would that he, if not I, could have gone to Hughes Hall for that Talkathon…or, well, for the most pertinent part of it.

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