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EXHIBIT 163NM
"1963 ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT PHOTO-SCARBOROUGH"

  SHOWN IS THE GROUP PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE 1963 ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT PLAYED ON JUNE 3RD-7TH AT THE CENTENARY HALL, SCARBOROUGH.

 THE TOURNAMENT, AND TITLE OF ENGLISH CHAMPION, WAS WON BY DEREK OLDBURY, WHO WAS ALSO THE BRITISH TOURNAMENT AND BRITISH MATCH CHAMPION AT THAT TIME. FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, OLDBURY IS NOT PICTURED IN THE IMAGE.

 REPORTS INDICATE THAT OLDBURY PLAYED "BETTER THAN EVER" IN THE TOURNEY, AND LOST NO GAMES, ALTHOUGH HE WAS IN DANGER IN ONE GAME.

 THE PHOTO IS REPRODUCED HERE EXACTLY AS RECEIVED FROM MR. NICK McBRIDE. ALSO SHOWN IS THE REVERSE SIDE OF THE PHOTO, WHICH CONTAINS THE NAMES OF THE PLAYERS PICTURED.

SUBMITTED BY N. McBRIDE
 
*FOR THE FINAL STANDINGS IN THIS TOURNEY, SEE EXHIBIT 079LS "OFFICIAL 1963 ENGLISH TOURNAMENT CROSSTABLE" BELOW.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 079LS
"OFFICIAL 1963 ENGLISH TOURNAMENT CROSSTABLE "
   DISPLAYED HERE IS THE OFFICIAL, ORIGINAL , HAND WRITTEN CROSSTABLE SHOWING THE RESULTS OF THE 1963  ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT , WON BY GRANDMASTER AND FUTURE WORLD CHAMPION DEREK OLDBURY.
   A CLOSE LOOK AT THE PARTICIPANTS WILL SHOW SOME OF THE GREATEST NAMES IN BRITISH CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS HISTORY.
   THIS PIECE OF CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS HISTORY IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 135BC
"SLADE SHIELD"
  ON EXHIBITION IS THE FAMOUS SLADE SHIELD, WHICH IS AWARDED TO THE WINNER OF THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP DRAUGHTS TOURNAMENT.
  THESE PHOTOGRAPHS AS DISPLAYED WERE TAKEN BY BERNARD COLL. 
  EXCERPTED FROM THE NEW DRAUGHTS WORLD-NOVEMBER 1938, PAGE  384:
ENGLISH DRAUGHTS ASSOCIATION
 
----"It was decided to purchase a trophy as a memorial to the late F. W. Slade and use it as a perpetual trophy for the British Individual Championship, this to be the property of the E.D.A., and Mr. S. Cohen's name to be put on as the winner for 1938 and be presented to him next Easter"----
 
  THE SHIELD IS CURRENTLY (JULY 2010) IN THE POSSESSION OF THE MOST RECENT TOURNAMENT WINNER, SHANE McCOSKER, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY B. COLL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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EXHIBIT 130JH
"OLDBURY-GALLAGHER PROMO FLYER"
  EXHIBITED IS A PROMOTIONAL FLYER FOR THE ILL-FATED DEREK OLDBURY-FRANK GALLAGHER BRITISH TITLE MATCH , SLATED FOR APRIL 1962.
   RESEARCH BY LIAM STEPHENS TURNED UP THE FOLLOWING.... 
Extracted from Gallagher's obituary in the EDJ June 1962:
 "Gallagher, in his short draughts career had fought his way to the top and was to have played Derek Oldbury for the British Match title in April this year, he was 40 years of age and apparently had no living relatives." 
 
NorthWest Draughts Federation (NWDF) Newsletter, Vol 1, Issue 3, March 1999.
Extract from article:
Famous North West Players from the Past
"Frank Gallagher (? - 1962)
   Frank Gallagher was born near St. Johnston in Co. Donegal (year unknown) and moved to Manchester in search of work in his late 20's. He played draughts in the clubs around Manchester, and by the mid 1950's he had won the Manchester Championship twice.
   From then on, Frank became one of the most consistent and successful players in England, being runner-up in the English Open Championship in 1957 at Leicester, and again in 1959 at London. His greatest moment came in the 1961 English Open Championship held at Weston Super-Mare, when he won the Championship title ahead of Derek Oldbury  and Alf Huggins to become the English Open Champion, and the proud holder of the "Gelsthorp Cup".
  That same year, he also captained the Lancashire team to victory in the 1961 "Reynold's Cup", British Inter-counties Championships. Frank Gallagher then challenged Derek Oldbury for the British Match Title, which was scheduled to be played for in April 1962.
   A few weeks before their match was to be played, Frank's flat was burgled by thieves on 3rd April 1962 and the "Gelsthorp Cup" was stolen. Overcome by distress he took his own life the following day."
  
  INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBIT IS A PAGE FROM RICHARD FORTMAN'S BOOK "BASIC CHECKERS", GIVING A GAME PLAYED BY GALLAGHER, AND SOME INSIGHT INTO THE DRAUGHTS CAREER AND TRAGEDY SURROUNDING THE DEATH OF THIS YOUNG MAN. 
  THIS FLYER WAS AMONG THE POSSESSIONS OF THE LATE DENNIS BEADELL, AND WAS FORWARDED BY HIS FAMILY TO JAY HINNERSHITZ FOR EXHIBIT ON THE OMOCH.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ ON BEHALF OF THE BEADELL FAMILY
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 126RW
"REX WOOD-ASA LONG LETTER"

    THIS HISTORICAL DOCUMENT DEMONSTRATES THE EFFORTS OF REX WOOD TO PROMOTE A WORLD TITLE MATCH IN 1944 BETWEEN WILLIAM “WYLLIE” RYAN AND THEN 3-MOVE WORLD CHAMPION ASA LONG.

     LATER, IN 1948-49, A “PLAY-OFF” WAS ARRANGED BETWEEN THE THREE LEADING AMERICAN PLAYERS, ASA LONG, WALTER HELLMAN AND WILLIAM RYAN.

     HELLMAN DEFEATED LONG IN 1948 2-1-47 DRAWS, AND THEN PLAYED RYAN IN 1949, THE RESULT BEING A DRAWN MATCH 4-4-42 DRAWS, HELLMAN RETAINING THE TITLE OF 3-MOVE WORLD CHAMPION. THE GAMES FROM THESE MATCHES WOULD LATER BE PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK “WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHECKERS”.

     SADLY, MR. WOOD DID NOT LIVE TO SEE THESE HISTORIC MATCHES, HAVING PASSED AWAY ON MARCH 3, 1946.

     THIS COPY OF THE LETTER IS IN THE POSSESSION OF RUTH WOOD, THE DAUGHTER OF REX WOOD.

SUBMITTED BY R. WOOD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT 120BF
"TOURNAMENT MEDALS , 1887-1888"
    SHOWN ARE TWO MEDALS AWARDED TO MR. ARCHIBALD MILLAR IN 1888.

    MR. ARCHIBALD DAVID MILLAR WAS BORN OCTOBER 26, 1866 IN CAMBUSNETHAN, SCOTLAND. IN APRIL, 1912, HE EMIGRATED TO CANADA. HE PASSED AWAY IN NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA ON SEPTEMBER 5, 1933. 

    AS CAN BE SEEN ON THE INSCRIPTIONS ON THE MEDALS, THESE WERE WON IN THE LANARKSHIRE AREA OF SCOTLAND.

   THE MEDALS ARE SILVER, 2 1/2 INCHES IN DIAMETER AND 3/8 INCH THICK.

   SCOTTISH HISTORIAN CHRIS REEKIE OFFERED THIS RESEARCH....

   "The name of Archibald Millar is not known to me. I can say that Hamilton is a big town and Overtown is a village or small community, both east south-east of Glasgow and both in Lanarkshire.

   When The Draughts World began publication in 1892, it appeared weekly for a short time before becoming monthly, and carried three articles on "Draughts in Glasgow 30 years ago". The third article, on December 24, 1892, (on page 130), has this passage: "The Lanarkshire Draughts Association, instituted 1879, was the first of the kind formed in any country. For years, when its tournaments were open to city players, its annual meetings attracted the attention of draughts-players far and near. And no wonder, for there Bryden, Campbell, Moir, and McKelvie struggled gallantly year after year for the honour of holding the Association trophy. After each of the players named had held the trophy twice, it was finally won by Bryden, who was presented with it and a purse of sovereigns from his Glasgow friends in 1888. Since then the tourneys have been limited to the county players pure and simple, and this winter the committee have made a new departure, and will hold a club tournament in Hamilton early in next year."

   It seems to me that Mr Millar won his medals at local competitions during this period. It looks to me that these could have been the first prize.

   There were then draughts clubs all over Scotland, in cities, towns, and hamlets alike, and club championships would be held. Also, inter-club and inter-county matches took place. Glasgow was seen as the hub of all draughts activity in Scotland.

   Scotland's five world champions were all from the central belt of Scotland, Anderson from Carluke in Lanarkshire, Wyllie and Jordan from Edinburgh, Ferrie born at Greenock and resident in the Glasgow area, and Stewart from Kelty in Fife."

 THESE HISTORIC ARTIFACTS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SCOTTISH GRANDMASTERS WERE SUBMITTED FOR EXHIBITION ON THE OMOCH BY A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF MR. MILLAR WHO WISHES TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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EXHIBIT 115JH
"ACCESSORIES; 3-MOVE CARDS"
  SHOWN ARE TWO EXAMPLES OF 3-MOVE RESTRICTION CARDS.
 THESE CARDS ARE USED AT OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED TOURNAMENTS TO PICK A 3-MOVE OPENING. THIS OPENING MUST THEN BE PLAYED TWICE, WITH EACH PLAYER TAKING A TURN WITH THE RED COLORED PIECES MOVING FIRST.
  3-MOVE IS THE MOST HIGHLY REGARDED STYLE OF PLAY, WITH THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEING RECOGNIZED AS THE PLAYER WHO HOLDS THE 3-MOVE MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP.
  THE OFFICIAL LIST OF 3-MOVE OPENINGS HAS BEEN MODIFIED SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS, WITH NEW DECKS BEING MADE TO REFLECT THE CHANGES.
   THE EXAMPLES SHOWN WERE MADE MANY YEARS AGO.
   THE GREEN COLORED CARDS ARE FROM THE ACF "TUFF DECK", AND WERE PRINTED BY THE LATE PAUL OTTEY, A PENNSYLVANIA CHECKERIST OF A FEW GENERATIONS AGO. THESE HE WOULD DISTRIBUTE TO FELLOW MAIL PLAYERS.
    THE WHITE COLORED CARDS WERE SOLD ON EBAY BY A SELLER WHO STATED THAT THEY WERE PURCHASED FROM THE ESTATE OF THE LATE PROF. RAYMOND FIELDS, MANY TIMES KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPION, AND REPRESENT THE STANDARD ACF 3-MOVE DECK OF THE TIME. THESE ARE CONTAINED WITHIN A SMALL PLASTIC FOLDING CASE, SHOWN AT THE TOP OF THE PHOTO.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ  
  
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 096JH
"ICHF MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE"
  EXHIBITED IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES THAT WERE ISSUED TO MEMBERS OF CHARLES WALKER'S 
INTERNATIONAL CHECKER HALL OF FAME, LOCATED IN PETAL, MISSISSIPPI, USA.
  ALTHOUGH THE HALL ITSELF WAS DESTROYED BY A FIRE IN 2007, MR. WALKER HAS VOWED TO REBUILD , AND IS PLANNING TO HOST MAJOR CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS RELATED EVENTS AT THE HALL IN THE FUTURE, AS HE HAS ON MANY OCCASIONS IN THE PAST.
  THIS PARTICULAR CERTIFICATE WAS ISSUED TO PENNSYLVANIA CHECKERIST PAUL OTTEY, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MEMBERS TO JOIN THE ICHF.
  IT WAS FOUND CONTAINED WITHIN OTTEY'S COMPLETE SET OF "CHECKERS", THE ICHF'S MAGAZINE, WHICH WAS ALSO ISSUED WITH MEMBERSHIP.
  THIS CERTIFICATE, ALONG WITH THE SET OF BOOKS, WAS PURCHASED AT THE EARL HANGEN ESTATE SALE BY JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"BORCHEK CHECKER COMPUTER BY APPLIED CONCEPTS"
  SHOWN IS THE BORCHEK COMPUTER, WHICH WAS PRODUCED BY THE APPLIED CONCEPTS COMPANY IN THE EARLY 1980'S.
  PRIOR TO PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND THE PROGRAMS THAT GO WITH THEM, THE BORCHEK WAS THE STRONGEST CHECKERS/DRAUGHTS COMPUTER AVAILABLE TO THE AVERAGE PERSON.
  MR. RICHARD FORTMAN DID A REVIEW OF THIS COMPUTER , (WHERE HE PLAYED IT TWENTY GAMES AGAINST THE "CHECKER CHALLENGER")AND PUBLISHED A SHORT SYNOPSIS OF HIS REVIEW IN THE AMERICAN CHECKER FEDERATION BULLETIN, FEBRUARY 1982.
  THE FULL REVIEW WAS AVAILABLE FROM THE ACF.
  THE EXAMPLE SHOWN HERE BELONGED TO EARL HANGEN, AND WAS PURCHASED AT THE HANGEN ESTATE SALE BY JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA.
  IT IS UNKNOWN IF THE UNIT IS OPERATIONAL, AS THE POWER CORD WAS LOST.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 076LS
"FUSS PRODUCTS IRISH DRAUGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP MEMENTO"
   SHOWN IS A BRILLIANTLY DESIGNED AND BRIGHTLY COLORED MEMENTO GIVEN TO THE VISITORS AT KINGSCOURT, CO. CAVAN, THE SITE OF THE IRISH DRAUGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1982.
   THIS VERY ARTISTIC PIECE OF DRAUGHTS HISTORY IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 010LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD : THE RECOIL"
   ABOVE IS PICTURED THE FRONT AND BACK OF AN A. PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD FROM THE 1950'S. THE IMAGE ITSELF IS , AS STATED, "COPIED FROM THE ORIGINAL DRAWING 1845".
THE SETTING ON THE BOARD IS
BLACK   8, 26 KINGS 2,25,28
WHITE 13      KINGS 10,16,18
WHITE TO MOVE AND DRAW
FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 011LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD :GLASGOW WEEKLY HERALD TRIBUTE"
  ABOVE IS AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD FROM THE 1950'S, WITH AN INCREDIBLY DETAILED PEN AND INK DRAWING ON THE FRONT, AND A TRIBUTE TO THE DRAUGHTS COLUMN IN THE GLASGOW WEEKLY HERALD ON THE BACK.
  THIS BEAUTFUL CARD IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 012LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD: THE DRAUGHT PLAYERS"
  ABOVE IS A FINE EXAMPLE OF AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD , WHICH INCLUDES AN ENGRAVING BY JOHN BURNET FROM 1808 ON THE FRONT, AND INFO ON BURNET AND THE ENGRAVING , ALONG WITH A CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM MR. PARLOW HIMSELF, ON THE BACK.
  THIS CARD IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
PRESENTED BY L. STEPHENS 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD:ORIGIN UNKNOWN"
   ABOVE IS AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD THAT INCLUDES AN ENGRAVING OF SOME CHECKERS NOTABLES FROM THE PAST ON THE FRONT, AND A CHRISTMAS GREETING ON THE BACK.
   NOTE THE WRITTEN  STATEMENT "COPIED FROM A PRINT OF THE PERIOD, CIRCA 1760-1780, ORIGIN UNKNOWN" AT THE BOTTOM RIGHT.
   THIS IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD: 1953"
   ABOVE IS AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD, THAT IS DATED 1953, AS CAN BE SEEN ON THE BACK, TOP RIGHT.
 THIS CARD IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELEAND
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 015LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD: MAN PLAYING CHECKERS WITH CHILDREN"
  THE ABOVE IS AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD WITH AN IMAGE OF AN ELDERLY MAN PLAYING A GAME OF CHECKERS WITH SOME YOUNG CHILDREN  ON THE FRONT, AND A CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM MR. PARLOW ON THE BACK.
  THIS IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND.
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 016LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD: THE PARTING"
    ABOVE IS AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD ENTITLED "THE PARTING" AND DATES FROM 1955.
 THIS WAS COPIED FROM A PRINT OF THE PERIOD 1790-1800
FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 017LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD:THE DELIBERATE MOVE-TO WIN "
PICTURED IS AN ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD THAT IS DATED 1950, AND DEPICTS SEVERAL GENTLEMEN PLAYING DRAUGHTS ON THE FRONT, AND A SHORT PIECE OF ADVICE FOR THE STUDENT.
FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 018LS
"ABEL PARLOW CHRISTMAS CARD:THE AUTOMATON CHECKERS-PLAYER REDIVIVUS"
   THIS, AS STATED IN THE TEXT WRITTEN ON THE INSIDE OF THE PAGE, IS THE FINAL CHRISTMAS CARD SENT BY ABEL PARLOW. AND HE SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST. THIS ONE FEATURED THE CHECKER PLAYING AUTOMATON.
    THIS CARD IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LIAM STEPHENS, IRELAND
SUBMITTED BY L. STEPHENS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 019JH
"CHECKER CHALLENGER"
   FIDELITY ELECTRONIC RELEASED THE CHECKER CHALLENGER IN 1978, AND IT WAS AN IMMEDIATE SUCCESS, SELLING "LIKE WILD-FIRE". TO QUOTE CLAYTON BEEBE UPON RECEIVING HIS ORDER FROM EARL HANGEN, WHO PURCHASED THE ONE PICTURED ABOVE FROM BEEBE.
   THE COMPUTER WAS GIVEN A WORKOUT BY RICHARD FORTMAN, WHO WROTE AN ANYALYSIS OF ITS PLAY.
    FIDELITY MADE A HUGE CONTRIBUTION TO THE ACF, AND WAS THEN ALLOWED TO COMPETE THE CHECKER CHALLENGER  IN THE 1978 U.S. NATIONAL TOURNEY.
    THE ONE EXHIBITED IS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. USA. THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF THE ONE USED IN THE ACF TOURNEY ARE CURRENTLY UNKNOWN TO THE WRITER.
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT 040JH
"TINSLEY SIGNED CERTIFIED MAIL RECEIPT"
  THIS RECEIPT WAS SIGNED BY MARION TINSLEY UPON DELIVERY OF A 1989 ID MAIL PLAYOFF BOOKLET, SENT TO HIM BY EARL HANGEN.
FROM JAY HINNERSHITZ:" For many years, the ACF ID Booklets fell under the radar of many top ranked crossboard players. They eventually got the attention of Marion Tinsley....and when Earl sent him a copy of the 89 ID booklet , it got lost in the mail. So, Earl sent him a second, and sent it certified, as he wanted to be sure that Marion got the book. The image produced is directly from the original receipt, which Earl kept in his personal scrapbook ."
   THIS PIECE OF CHECKERS HISTORY IS IN THE COLLECTION OF JAY HINNERSHITZ, WEST READING, PA. US
SUBMITTED BY J. HINNERSHITZ

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