During World War II, I was in Chungking, China. A family friend lived with us. He had a guitar and a bridge book by Eli Culbertson. I learned Stephen Foster’s songs and how to play bridge the Culbertson way. I was about ten years old.
In the sixties I worked in the Jones & Laughlin Steel Corporation’s Research Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and joined its bridge team competing in the Industrial League. I was fortunate to have the director of the game as my partner. He bid Goren’s way. So I memorized Goren’s book and shied away from Kaplan Sheinwold.
I resumed playing bridge about ten years ago in Philadelphia. I learned from David Rose of the Bridge Club of Center City. After I started playing steadily with Bill Schlaepfer and Janet Johnson, we took lessons from Corey Krantz. I have read a lot of bridge books and am still taking lessons from Corey.
Wayne Rosenberger has been another partner. He converted to Precision a couple of years ago. I learned to play Precision with him. That has been fun.
Needless to say, I have made a lot of friends playing bridge and have enjoyed it immensely. Above is a photo of me with my partners (Janet, Bill, Wayne), enjoying Chinese dim sum.