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History of U.S. Table Tennis - Volume I: 1928-1939 by Tim BogganACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

(From Oct., 1933 through Nov.-Dec., 1993, the name United States Table Tennis Association (USTTA) prevailed; thereafter the Association is referred to as USA Table Tennis (USATT). To me and many others, USTTA sounds much better than USATT (but, since Table Tennis is an Olympic Sport, the USOC prefers its national governing bodies to be USA prefixed).


Interviews, Conversations, Correspondence

Though some I’m indebted to have helped me far more than others, I thank them all and acknowledge them all here together: Earl Adams, Brad Balmer, Gordon Barclay, Laszlo "Laci" Bellak, Nils "Nikki" Bergstrom, Guy Blair, Freddie Borges, Gene Bricker, Ervin Brody, Bernie Bukiet, Chuck Burns, Bob Bushell, Doug Cartland, Elmer Cinnater, Billy Condy, Barry Dattel, Bill DeMeyer, Frank Dwelly, Bill Early, Dick Evans, Dickie Fleisher, Cal Fuhrman, Yoshio Fushimi, Al Gill, Bob Green, John Grinnell, Wally Gundlach, Bobby Gusikoff, Helen Elliot Hamilton, John Hanna, Rufford Harrison, Tibor and Magda Hazi, George Hendry, Allan Herskovich (a.k.a. Adolfo or Adolph Herscovic), Bernie Hock, Larry Hodges, Herman Hoffman, Billy Holzrichter, Jack Howard, Steve Isaacson, Ives Jackson, Sharlene Krizman, Harold Kupferman, Marv and Caron Leff, Mary Reilly McIlwain, Jack McLarty, Jimmy and Nell McClure, Dick Miles, Terri McSweeney, Reba Kirson Monness, Stan Morest, Garrett Nash, Richard Neilson, Carol Nidy, Lou Pagliaro and Paggy’s daughters Paulette and Lois, Marty Prager, Marty Reisman, John Riley, Mayo Rae Rolph, Leon Ruderman, Dave Sakai, George and Hilja Schein, Mildred Shahian, Mitchell Silbert, Thelma "Tybie" Thall Sommer, Sol Schiff, Cy Sussman, Sid Stansel, Frank Tharaldson, Zdenko Uzorinac, Jim Verta, Bob Viducich, and Jim Williams.


Ruth Aarons (RAS), Chuck Burns, Barry Dattel, Frank Dwelly, Yoshio Fushimi, John Hanna, Tibor (birth-name Hoffman) and Magda (nee Gal) Hazi (T/MHS), Mayo Rae Rolph, George Schein (GSS I and II), Sol Schiff, Janis Uhley (whose father was Executor of the Ruth Aarons’ estate), and Si Wasserman.


Former USTTA Historian Leah Thall Neuberger’s Records. Separate Binders show, from their beginnings into the beginning 1990’s, the results of World Championships; Annual Canadian National Exhibition Championships; U.S. Open Championships; U.S. Closed Championships; U.S. Intercities (later called National Team Championships, still later, U. S. Open Team Championships); Eastern Open Championships; and numerous City and State tournaments around the country. Many of the tournament results I incorporate in this Volume, and in Volume I, are from these records (records which I’ve tried to confirm from other sources).

I again want to thank Leah Neuberger’s sister, Thelma "Tybie" Thall Sommer, for agreeing, after Leah’s death, that I might, in my Historian’s role, have access to these unique, labor-of-love Binders. I also want to thank again Leah and Tybie’s late, long-time friend Bob Green for taking the considerable time and trouble of boxing up all these Binders (as well as the many miscellaneous Folders Leah had acquired) and sending them to me.

Clippings and photos in the Scrapbooks, Binders, and Folders often do not show their source or date, and many articles are written without a byline


( I really haven’t had occasion to use books much, so it seems a bit much to list them here. I’ll note them in the text.)


Of course I’m greatly indebted to the official USTTA table tennis magazine of the 1940’s/50’s.

The changes in the official publication of the USTTA/USATT are as follows:

Initially it was called Table Tennis Topics (TTT)—I include under this TTT heading the USTTA Newsletter (loosely thought of as being Topics) that, following the Oct., 1933 through May, 1954 issues of Topics, took the official place of that publication from Jan., 1955 through Sept., 1961. The name Topics was officially reinstated with the Oct., 1961 issue, and the publication continued through May-June, 1983. Following a name change (see below), it again, from Jan., 1986 through Nov.-Dec., 1992, became Topics—and included six interlocking issues, May, 1989 through Mar., 1990, of U.S. Table Tennis News (which I also loosely include under this TTT heading).

Spin—the name of the official USTTA publication from the July-Aug., 1983 through Dec., 1985 issues.

Table Tennis Today—the name of the official publication from the Jan.-Feb., 1993 through Mar.-Apr., 1996 issues. It was described as "The Magazine of USA Table Tennis," and the name of the Association was then changed to USA Table Tennis.

USA Table Tennis—the current name of the official publication beginning with the May-June, 1996 issue.

I want also to mention:

Timmy’s North American, ed. Tim Boggan—a rival publication to Spin (eight issues, from July-Aug., 1983 through June, 1984).

Table Tennis World, ed. Larry Hodges—a rival publication to Table Tennis Today/USA Table Tennis (three issues, from Jan.-Feb., 1996 through May-June, 1996).

CAL Table Tennis—the California Newsletter (late ‘40’s/early 50’s). A special thanks to Si Wasserman for, had he not sent me these hard-to-come-by issues, I would know much less about California table tennis than I do.

I’m much in debt to two English table tennis magazines of the 1940’s/50’s:

Table Tennis—the official publication of the English Table Tennis Association.

Table Tennis Review—a high quality magazine independent of the ETTA.

I’m also indebted to the Swedish magazine:

Svensk Bordtennis—the official magazine for Svenska Bordtennisfoerbundet (Swedish TTA).

(Other sources, as well, will be cited in the text.)