I come from a bridge-playing family; my parents played from the time they were married in 1935 until my father‘s passing in 1977. I played contract bridge in high school with 5 or 7 pals, from 1962 to 1966. My father played contract bridge weekly in a game with his friends, and I used to sit and watch, and learn.
On my 18th birthday, in February 1966, my father convinced me to play in a duplicate bridge tournament as his partner. It was my first tournament ever. To my great surprise, we won the tournament! I believe we earned one full master point each.
Believe it or not, I stopped playing altogether after my freshman year of college in 1967. I found other interests.
In March 2022, after a 55-year hiatus, my wife and I moved to a retirement community. Vibrant and extraordinarily well managed, the Masonic Retirement Village, in Elizabethtown PA, offers a weekly duplicate bridge game. I began playing again a couple times a month. I have won and I have lost. But most of all, I am just having a lot of fun!