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Jim Logan: Platinum LM and My Friend

Friend or foe, curmudgeon or booster, Jim Logan is one of a kind. He and I have had some classic battles at the bridge table – both as partners and as opponents. In all cases, Jim’s class has shown through.

By now, you must have read that Jim passed the 10,000 point plateau and is now a Platinum Life Master. I am proud to say that I have contributed to that gaudy total both as a partner and as an opponent (quiet Somma, -800 is not a good duplicate score).

In each of the past three years, Jim and I have had three 72+% games with a sizzling 76.18% three years ago.  That was one of those rounds where nothing could go wrong and never did.  And the gifts we received had me thinking that my birthday (Christmas Day) was far off but all were well appreciated.

Of course, Jim is a serious player but his sharp wit is never far behind. Recently, after a rather feckless bid on my part and a subsequent -300, Jim informed me that I was being traded for the much-heralded “player to be named later;” a reference to that caveat in baseball terminology, a sport that Jim and I love. Long live Red Sox nation.

Jim Logan: Platinum Life Master

Jim Logan
Jim Logan

Watch for Jim Logan's picture in next month's ACBL Bridge Bulletin. Unlike other advancements in Rank, the crossing of the Platinum threshold is so unusual that members' pictures are published.

Platinum requires 10,000 masterpoints! Congratulations to our best player and a long-time friend of the club.

Recent Rank Changes

The following NCBC members have recently earned a change in rank as listed in the Sunshine Bridge News.  Congratulations to all!

Platinum Life Master
Jim Logan

Silver Life Master
Sharon Fogle

Club Master
Mary Rittonia  

Introductory Bridge Game Announced

Starting on Thursday, January 5th an Introductory Bridge Game will commence at NCBC. This game will start at 12:30 and about 12-16 boards will be played so the game should be over at approximately 2:30-2:45. You will be able to ask for advice, look at notes, or get help from a certified bridge teacher as you play the game.

This is an excellent opportunity for newer bridge players get help and enjoy the game of bridge. No partner is needed. Cost is $5.00. Tell your friends. For those interested in masterpoints the limit is 0-5.

Meet Lee Hargrave

We would like to tell you a bit about one of our most gracious members — Lee Hargrave. He has consistently attended our club for at least the past 15 years.

Lee was born in southern Illinois and grew up in Memphis. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual major in Math and Electrical Engineering. He has two additional decrees from Drexel and the University of Maryland in Masters of Business Administration and Masters in Electrical Engineering. He taught at the University of Maryland in electrical engineering, math, and business administration.

Lee has lived and traveled the world, and ran and worked for several high tech companies. Early in his career he was in the Navy working for NSA. He lived and worked in Europe for ten years, and his favorite place to live was Brussels. He became fluent in French and German. He and his lovely wife, Carol, have been married for 20 years and live in Glen Lakes. Lee has four daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His hobbies outside of bridge included tennis and golf, and he sadly says he just had to hang up his clubs.

When asked what could be done to improve the club, he was very reticent to offer anything, and asked that his comment not be taken as a criticism, but thought we needed a better facility. We are very grateful to have this obviously very talented man at our bridge table with his kindness and gentle demeanor.

Saturday Bridge

I was excited to learn that we were having a game on Saturday!

Unfortunately, neither the members nor the leaders share my excitement...in fact, I have signed up weekly only to have the games cancelled due to lack of players. Surprisingly, the game was even cancelled one week when we did meet the participant quota of 3 tables!

Now that quota has been increased to 4 (how does that make sense) tables but, at the same time, I see that on a recent Thursday night that session was run with only 2 1/2 tables! I thought their requirement was the same - including required preregistration.

The directors rarely remind the players of the Saturday game and I do not even see it listed on today's news in the future scheduled games to be played...why not? How can we expect this to be successful without publicity? How can we make this work? There must be Bridge players who still work and would love a competitive game on a weekend.

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