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Dick Evans
Dick Evans
President 

In 1948, at the age of sixteen, my coach and mentor, Herman "Whitey" Lykins of West Virginia took me to see the U.S. National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. In that incredible, historic final Dick Miles beat Marty Reisman in the cliff-hanger deuce-in-the-fifth game. It peeled the skin from my eyes, and I was hooked for life on this little--but marvelous--sport. 

Although having played competitively since that time, my winning resume' is modest: men's singles titles in two states (i.e. Rhode Island and WV), a number of state doubles titles, one U.S. Open Esquire Doubles titles, and twice runners-up. My serious involvement however dates from being partners in ownership of the Columbus (OH) Table Tennis Courts, the home club for six national champions during the 1960ies & early 70ies (i.e. Daljoon Lee, Insook Bhushan, John Tannehill, Freddie Henry, Mike Dempsey, and John Gray). 

In 1976, I was asked to be in-charge of the setup and registration for the first Las Vegas Nationals held at Caesar's Palace. It was the beginning of a 15 year assignment as Director of Physical Operations for 15 National and 5 U.S. Open Championships, culminating as Assistant Manager for Richard McAfee at the Atlanta '96 Summer Olympic Games. 

Table tennis has been a wonderful lifetime sport for me...and has kept me 77 years young--although still a fly in the ointment.


 Tim Boggan
Tim Boggan 
Historian

Tim Boggan is a former International Table Tennis Federation Vice-President, a former three-term President of the United States Table Tennis Association (now USA Table Tennis), and a former Secretary of the Association. For 13 years he served as Editor of the USTTA’s National Publication, then followed by editing his own magazine. He is the author of Winning Table Tennis (1976), and thereafter Volumes I through XII of his continuing multi-volume.

He taught English at Long Island University in Brooklyn for 33 years, and since 1965 has been a prodigious writer for the Sport. Having retired from teaching, he is currently the Association’s Historian and Chair of its Editorial Advisory Board.

He has received the ITTF Order of Merit Award and the USTTA Barna Award. In 1985 he was inducted into the USTTA Hall of Fame, and in 2006 received the Mark Matthews Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the 1971 U.S. “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” Team that opened the door to China, and since then has attended, as official and/or journalist, more than 25 World Championships. In 1975 he Captained the U.S. Team to the Calcutta World’s.

As a player through six decades, he has on occasion, in addition to some modest early tournament success, and, later, some success in World Veterans Championships, been the U.S. Over 40, 50, 60, and 70 Singles and Doubles Champion. Both of his sons, Scott and Eric, were U.S. Junior and then U.S. Men’s Singles and Doubles Champions. Both are in the U.S. Hall of Fame.


 Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson
Member At-Large

Dean’s table tennis career began in 1957. During the 1959-1961 seasons, he was Nationally ranked in the top 40. During the 1963 and ‘64 seasons, he served as USTTA National Ranking Chairman.

After taking time out to build his advertising business and raise a family, he resumed playing in 2003. He now plays regularly in the Virginia Beach Club, the Newport News Club and he’s a member of the newly formed Hampton Roads Table Tennis Club in Chesapeake.

Dean is also a member of the Hardbat Advisory Committee.

He lives in Virginia Beach with his wife, Helga, who was a ranked player in Canada before coming to the U.S. in 1964.


 Sean O'Neill
Sean O'Neill
Member At-Large

A 2008 Hall of Fame member, Sean O’Neill has represented the United States in every international competition possible, including the Pan Am Games, Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup (team, doubles, and singles), and various international championships.

A five-time U.S. Men’s Singles, Doubles Champion, and six-time U.S. Mixed Doubles Champion, Sean won a total of twenty-eight U.S. Olympic Sports Festival medals, of which twenty-one were gold. A member of four Pan Am Games teams, Sean won two Gold, five Silver, and one Bronze medals.

Sean worked for NBC Universal at the Olympic Games in 1988, 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games. Sean currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

 
Scott Godon
Scott Gordon

Member At-Large

Scott Gordon is a professor of Computer Science at California State University. He started playing table tennis in 1978 at Jeff Mason's "Table Tennis World" in Sacramento. He is past-chairman of the USATT Hardbat Committee, and writes articles periodically for the USATT Magazine. He founded the Santa Rosa table tennis club in 1996, and taught table tennis at Sonoma State University. He has also recovered and restored historic 16mm films for both the USTTA and for the ITTF. Scott is the color commentator for ESPN's BudLite Hardbat Classic.

As a player, Scott was the 2009 Over-40 U.S. Open Hardbat Champion and is a four-time U.S. Hardbat Doubles Champion. He hopes to raise awareness of table tennis' legacy and its past champions.

 
Mal Anderson
Mal Anderson
Member At-Large

I played lots of ping-pong in grade school and high school, thought I was pretty good. Then came college - University of Wisconsin. A revalation! One of the students there was Steve Isaacson. I started re-learning TT.

There were no coaches then, one learned by watching and practice. So, I started bringing my camera to tournaments. (Wisconsin Open -Isaacson, Norbert Van de Walle, Keith Porter -) I took photos of the top players, to learn how they played. My ambition was to become the best TT player in the US. I ended up becoming the best TT photographer in the US! The USTTA Photographic Committee was formed in 1963. I became the first Chairman of it, served in this position for 23 years.

Cyril Lederman (Chairman of the Rules, Referees and Umpires Committee) initiated umpire qualifications. I was the first to pass the USTTA Official Umpires exam in November of 1962. I served as Eastern Region Tournament Director for 3 years. I resigned this when I was elected USTTA VP. Served on the EC for 10 years - 8 as VP, 2 as Recording Secretary. Cyril resigned from Rules in 1972, so I became Chairman of the Rules Committee - for 23 years.

I was also Chairman of the USTTA Nominating Committee - I think this was for 2 years. The ITTF initiated their International Umpire system in 1973. I became the first USTTA IU. When the International Referee system was initiated in 1995, I was one of the first (group of 5)

I've been referee of the U S Open, U S Closed, USOTC's and MANY smaller tournament for more times then I can remember. I became a member of the ITTF Rules Committee in 1975, became Secretary of it in 1985. Served until 1995.

Almost retired these days - I've scanned all my TT negatives so far 57,588 of them) and donated them to USATT. Also donated DVDs of the scans to the ITTF Museum in Lucerne, Switzerland.  Am still taking, scanning, and donating TT photos.

Most recently I was elected a member of the USTT Hall of Fame Board of Directors, hope to continue this for many years!


Dick Hicks
Dick Hicks
Member At-Large

Dick is originally from Louisville, Ky, and has lived in Indianapolis since 1961.  He started playing table tennis in nearby New Albany, Indiana in 1956 at age 19, and has competed in tournament play continuously ever since. 

Dick was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 2001. 

Dick received the USTTA Barna Award in 1966.  He served as Midwest Regional Tournament Director for 1 year and as National Tournament Director for 3 years.  He served on the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee for 10 years.  He owned and operated the Indianapolis Table Tennis Club for 17 years, and ran leagues and numerous sanctioned tournaments during that time.

Dick became a member of the Hall of Fame Committee/Board of Directors in 2005.


Donna Sakai
Donna Sakai
Secretary
 

Yvonne Kronlage
Yvonne Kronlage
Member At-Large