I learned how to play bridge from my high school math teacher, when I grew up on Long Island. As a twist of fate, I ran into him at the Boca Raton, FL bridge club a few years ago. I had stopped playing bridge for decades and like many people began to play again socially. A good friend, Fern Herman, who became my mentor, convinced me to try duplicate about 20 years ago and I became addicted. Like many people in the bridge world, I developed a number of friendships, including one of my closest friends. In addition, I convinced several of my friends to take lessons.
I feel like I honed my skills by not only doing a lot of reading but always asking questions at the bridge table. So many were flattered to share their wisdom and I will always remember the pointer that Daisy Goecker gave me. You probably don’t remember, but at a sectional at Bala Cynwyd, David Silberman and I played against you and Bob. I was terrified and you both immediately put us at ease. Despite our huge handicap, you beat us but it was a very lovely experience.
I also remember getting my first gold points at Lancaster when we lost in the final round against Canadian pros – although I didn’t know it at the time. I could go on and on but needless to say, I still love playing bridge!