Dick Squires (a.k.a. Mr. Platform Tennis) passed away on November 12, 2003 after a long battle with emphysema.
The following is an excerpt from the article Dick Squires... Gone, but not Forgotten that appeared in Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5 Issue 3
A National Champion in tennis and squash, Dick tried his luck in platform tennis. Squires brought flair and color to the game. He wore pink sweaters, a paddle glove and hit shots from behind his back in the fifth set of tournament finals matches.
He is also familiar to more than two generations of paddle enthusiasts as the author of "How to Play Platform Tennis," the definitive book on our sport. Another bestseller to his credit is "The Other Racquet Sports," covering every racquet and paddle sport from court tennis to pickle-ball.
His writing was not limited to sports, however. "One Moment At A Time, A Love Story," dedicat[...]
The PPTA had a very busy fall certifying teaching professionals from all around the "paddle" world. Hank Irvine and Bob Callaway had the opportunity to go to Rich Maier's world on the north side of Chicago and join him in a two-day certification marathon. Fifteen pros were tested thanks to Scott Bondurant, who recruited many prominent pros from the north shore area. Among the pros who went through the certification process were former national champion Scott Mansager and the current women's national champions, Mary Doten and Susie Keane.
While Hank and Bob were in Chicago, Gerri Viant, Patty Hogan and Paul Quinn went to Philadelphia and conducted certification exams for nine pros from the Middle States area.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 3, January 2004
After eight years of great service to the APTA as Executive Director, Carolyn Tierney announced her retirement. During her tenure, Carolyn kept the organization running and was the number one goodwill ambassador. Carolyn's retirement was effective December 31, 2003.
Marjorie Hodson, a member of the APTA Board of Directors, was to serve as the interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement was found.
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 3, January 2004
The names Safford and Hissey may ring a bell for some of you because they are second and third generation paddle players out of the Philadelphia area. Scott's parents, Tom and Leila, are accomplished players, as is Ryan's mom, Laurie. Ryan's uncle and grandmother are former national champs. Scotty and Ryan are following in their family's footsteps by trying to make a name for themselves in the paddle world!
Between football, baseball and golf, it's little wonder Scott and Ryan have any time to play paddle, but finding time and competing at a high level is something these two boys have been able to do quite well. They were the runners-up in the Junior National Championships in the 10- and-under age group last January. They also had success winning the Philadelphia Open 12s in 2001 and 2002, and in the Viking Cup lOs and 12s regional play.
Both boys follow the Phillies, Eagles and Si[...]
PTM carried an article by Tom Dow on how to sell the idea of building more public courts and facilities. The article was written to provide the basis of a presentation that could be made by those wanting to expand the game in their area to potential supporters such as their local municipality, YMCA, foundation, and/or local "paddle angel." The article was supported by various case studies of successful programs.
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Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 3, January, 2004
The following is an excerpt from John's letter that appeared in Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 5
Dear Platform Tennis Fans,
Well, I guess this is it. My last letter "From the President" and the last of Wayne's many calls saying "John, have you done your letter yet?"As I think back on my tenure on the Board and my sevenyear term as President, I remember all the people with whom I served and all the accomplishments we achieved. The website and the Platform Tennis Magazine are among the biggest legacies I am leaving behind. Thanks to Bill Cunningham for sharing the vision and helping design and host the early stages of the website. Thanks to David Kjeldsen and Viking for funding the site when the Board said it wasn't worth the money. Once posted online, the Board saw the value of the web, our site and its possible benefits to our membership. We now have a sophisticated webs[...]
Mark Holtschneider summed up Horine's many accomplishments over 11 years of service.
In 1993, John Horine joined the APTA Board of Directors. In 1997, he became the President. This May, John's term ends and he leaves the APTA as its longest serving President. He also leaves as one of its best.
Great progress was made during John's tenure as President:
• The APTA's internet site was created. The website allows members instant access to all tournaments, applications, rules, and other information, including on-line membership sign up.
• Platform Tennis News was replaced with Platform Tennis Magazine. The former newsletter was in black and white and focused primarily on tournament results. The new full-color, 32-page magazine includes tournament results, but is focused on instruction and player feature articles.
• The Professional Platform Tennis Association was created. [...]
Dollard Publishing Company (DPC), the publisher of PTM, was awarded a significant contract for publishing another magazine and this prompted DPC to seek additional publishing and design help which, in turn, lead to an update to the design of PTM.
Wayne Dollard, PTM editor, wrote in From the Editor...:
"Why did we make the change now rather than at the beginning of next season? After seeing the preliminary designs, we simply couldn't wait! My chief designer wanted to end the season on a high note and get everyone excited for next season. We agreed. We have also offered a new masthead and cover theme to kick off the new style. I hope you like it."
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 5, April, 2004
"You're gonna wanna be here!"That was the word coming out of Cleveland going into this year's National Championship, and after the fact it's hard to argue differently. If you weren't there, you should have been.
After an absence of more than a decade, the Cleveland paddle world stepped up to the plate and delivered a national title tournament to remember - impeccably organized, offering a spectacular Saturday night party and oh, by the way, some unbelievable paddle.
Both the Men's and Women's draws delivered on the promise of tremendous play inside the cages, as well as the answer to some intriguing questions surrounding the game's best players.
Can anyone beat David Ohlmuller and Chris Gambino? That had to be the question on the minds of many entering this year's National Championship, as the defending champs entered the tournament having dominated the paddle scene the [...]
This year's President's Cup should have just been mailed in advance to Region I. Winning both the Men's and Women's President's Cup, Region I dominated this year's event with a deep pool of teams that came to compete.
For the 2003-04 season's President's Cup, the women had a perfect day for their event, which took place the Thursday before the main draw. Blue skies lurked overhead, as each of the five regions brought out their best teams to compete against each other. In the end, the top three teams were separated by one point and Region I won. Congratulations
to the winning team: Judy Arden and Susan Lovejoy, Michelle Griffith and Susan Tarzian, Alia Main and Kerri Flynn, Maria Manley and Kim Curcuru, Michelle Jellinek and Lissa Barry and alternate Kerith Flynn.
The men's day was not as perfect. Punctuated by high temperatures and wind gusts of up to 40 mph, the men battled the e[...]